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News 2009 September

Stories for September 2009

Wednesday, September 30

NWANews downtime

posted: 09/30/2009 2:46 p.m.

he Web sites for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Times, Benton County Daily Record and related publications will be unavailable starting about 10 p.m. today (Sept. 30) and lasting for two to four hours. The sites are being temporarily closed down to allow for scheduled maintenance of the software that operates the sites.

Jury hears taped confession of murder defendant

posted: 09/30/2009 9:17 a.m.

The taped statement of a man admitting he shot another man outside a Paris Wal-Mart was played for the jury in his murder trial.

Clinton revealed in book

posted: 09/30/2009 8:29 a.m.

While Bill Clinton was the leader of the free world, a new book details how his mind often wandered back home to Arkansas as he ruminated on everything from Hot Springs to Razorback basketball to Whitewater, along with the major issues facing the country.

Chicken-egg-size diamond found

posted: 09/30/2009 8:26 a.m.

Petra Diamonds Ltd. says a diamond the size of a chicken egg has been found at South Africa's Cullinan mine.

Charge dropped in Iraq killing

posted: 09/30/2009 8:25 a.m.

The government has dropped a murder charge against a Marine who pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/30/2009 8:20 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/30/2009 8:19 a.m.

Dirksmeyer trial moved to Feb. 1 The trial of a Dover man accused of killing Nona Dirksmeyer has been rescheduled for Feb. 1, Circuit Judge Bill Pearson's assistant said Tuesday.

Holt looks at 2nd run for Sen. Lincoln's seat

posted: 09/30/2009 8:16 a.m.

Former legislator Jim Holt, who lost a challenge to U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln in 2004, said Tuesday he's pondering another try.

Fugitive returning from Crawford County recaptured

posted: 09/30/2009 8:16 a.m.

Arkansas State Police captured a state prisoner who authorities said jumped out of a moving inmate transport van in Jackson County two weeks ago. William F. McCoy, 46, escaped out an open window Sept. 15 when the van transporting him and 12 other state prisoners between Newport and Brickeys slowed in heavy rain, said Ron Brown, chief deputy for the Crawford County sheriff's office.

LOGAN COUNTY Paris man convicted of 1st-degree murder

posted: 09/30/2009 8:14 a.m.

Robert James was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a Logan County Circuit Court jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the August 2008 shooting death of his wife's boyfriend.

Target applies for beer permits

posted: 09/30/2009 8:14 a.m.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has three applications for beer and wine permits pending before Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Pumpkin crop comes up short to start the fall

posted: 09/30/2009 8:12 a.m.

Experts predict Arkansas will produce fewer pumpkins this fall - prompting warnings of a possible shortage - but several farmers say they're expecting a bumper crop.

Coming Oct. 10 : Ground will be broken on the 100,000-square-foot Northwest Arkansas Armed Forces Reserve Center in southwest Bentonville in two weeks.

posted: 09/30/2009 7:27 a.m.

Bentonville and those who travel Arkansas Highway 12 through the southwestern edge of the community will see a significant development coming out of the ground in a couple of weeks - a $23-million, 100,000-square-foot development, to be exact.

Scarecrow & Mrs. Bird : Yard-sale fashions will clothe straw creations at Saturday's Fall Festival in Rogers.

posted: 09/30/2009 7:25 a.m.

Pantyhose is the secret of a good scarecrow, at least those waiting to be made at Saturday's Fall Festival. The lower body works as expected, but the "legs" of the pantyhose are also great for making arms, with the torso section forming a makeshift head.

Hail the King of Wieners : The weekend will be filled with dog-friendly activities.

posted: 09/30/2009 7:24 a.m.

This weekend will go to the dogs when Joel Silverman, the host of Animal Planet's "Good Dog U," comes to town to help area dog owners.

Alleged probation violation lands parents in jail

posted: 09/30/2009 7:22 a.m.

The parents of five girls killed in a house fire have been arrested on allegations of violating their probation.

Decatur man sentenced to 50 years

posted: 09/30/2009 7:19 a.m.

A Decatur man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 7-yearold girl and holding several people at gunpoint.

Bentonville man pleads not guilty

posted: 09/30/2009 7:18 a.m.

A Bentonville man pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and recording inappropriate images of her.

POLICE REPORTS

posted: 09/30/2009 7:17 a.m.

Among incidents reported to the Bella Vista Police Department according to records.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/30/2009 7:15 a.m.

Obituaries for September 30, 2009.

Community notes

posted: 09/30/2009 7:11 a.m.

Bentonville to test sirens Bentonville will test its storm-warning sirens at 1 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.

Mayor's son arrested for selling meth

posted: 09/30/2009 7:09 a.m.

Police arrested James Phillip Womack, 22, on Friday for delivery of a controlled substance, 6 grams of methamphetamine for $600, in an April transaction.

U.S. Senate candidate has 'listening tour' for veterans

posted: 09/30/2009 7:06 a.m.

Conrad Reynolds, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, visited Bentonville on Monday, targeting veterans for special attention at American Legion Post No. 77 but making time to talk about some other issues elsewhere in the city.

Local student to appear on Animal Planet channel

posted: 09/30/2009 7:05 a.m.

A new series starting in October on the cable channel Animal Planet has an episode that includes a local teenager.

Mayors plan DC trip

posted: 09/30/2009 7:04 a.m.

Four mayors from Northwest Arkansas fly next week to Washington, D.C., to oppose stricter standards for phosphorus levels beginning in 2012 that could require millions of dollars for upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.

Mayor planning for shortfall in 2010 budget

posted: 09/30/2009 7:02 a.m.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan proposed $1 million in budget cuts, and taking another $1.2 million from reserves, to compensate for an anticipated budget shortfall in 2010, the City Council heard Tuesday in agenda session.

Quorum Court committee approves tripling election budget

posted: 09/30/2009 7:01 a.m.

Despite 2010 being a general election year without a presidential race, the Washington County Election Commission has asked for and received approval to get more funds next year than it did in 2008.

Cameras to nab bus passers to be tested

posted: 09/30/2009 7 a.m.

Fayetteville and Farmington are two of 21 school districts in the state scheduled to receive a new camera system for one of their school buses under a new pilot program from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Termination document released after AG opinion

posted: 09/30/2009 6:58 a.m.

One termination document for an employee of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter was released Tuesday by the city, based on an Arkansas attorney general's opinion issued the same day.

OUR VIEW : Not smart

posted: 09/30/2009 6:56 a.m.

In a climate like this, no one can blame the Pea Ridge School District for wanting to beef up its security.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/30/2009 6:55 a.m.

Margaret Elizabeth Oliver, Chandler Jacob Fast, Lillian Gladys Zadra, Milton Edward Erskin, Betty Franklin, Herschel R. Garner, Aline Goldie Scraper

LETTERS

posted: 09/30/2009 6:50 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 30, 2009.

The next culture war

posted: 09/30/2009 6:48 a.m.

Centuries ago, historians came up with a classic theory to explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great nations start out tough-minded and energetic. Toughness and energy lead to wealth and power.Wealth and power lead to affluence and luxury. Affluence and luxury lead to decadence, corruption and decline.

OTHER OPINIONS : Don't honor Kennedy with an earmark

posted: 09/30/2009 6:46 a.m.

The nation has so many libraries documenting the historical role of presidents that it would be easy to overlook the importance of the legislative branch. For that reason, it is heartening to learn that the educational institution to be built in Sen. Edward Kennedy's honor on the UMass-Boston campus will focus not just on his achievements but also on the Senate and the impact it has had on the country's history.

4 'future leaders' promoted to police sergeant

posted: 09/30/2009 6:45 a.m.

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor outlined the qualities of a good leader Tuesday during a promotion ceremony for four new supervisors.

Italian with tradition

posted: 09/30/2009 6:44 a.m.

It's 9 a.m., two hours before she unlocks the doors, but Caryn Ciampoli is already sporting her flour-covered rubber gloves. She's got her pizza dough ready to throw, and with a smile on her face, she's arranging a pan of her signature garlic knots.

Times Editorials : Walkable

posted: 09/30/2009 6:42 a.m.

It happens on our way to work every day. We're driving down Maple Street along the University of Arkansas campus in the earlymorning hours when a young person dressed in smart attire (other days in pajamas) uses a nearby crosswalk to - huge surprise here - cross the street. Half the time these young people are clearly attentive before stepping in front of traffic. A small minority even wave their thanks. We drivers appreciate the gesture.

Candidates Rogers and Skoch argue for change

posted: 09/30/2009 6:41 a.m.

Running for different offices, two Republican candidates said things need to change in Washington, D.C., and they will help to change them if elected.

TABLE FOR ONE : I'll just stay on the couch

posted: 09/30/2009 6:39 a.m.

I don't think I could be a president of the USA. I like to sleep late and spend a lot of time on the couch watching football. Maybe it's a part of the aging process. To tell the truth I've always been a little lazy.

Juvenile Probation Office to try new program

posted: 09/30/2009 6:38 a.m.

Why Try? The Benton County Juvenile Probation Office will soon implement a new program aimed at helping at-risk juveniles strive for successful futures.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/30/2009 6:37 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Washington County for September 30, 2009.

Monkey business

posted: 09/30/2009 6:34 a.m.

Foolish. Wasteful. Tiresome. Sad. These are a few of the adjectives that come to mind when we hear that a local school has been targeted with a bomb threat.

Bookkeeper gets 15 years for stealing nearly $200,000

posted: 09/30/2009 6:32 a.m.

A woman from the Kingston community faces a 15-year prison sentence after admitting that she embezzled close to $200,000 from an insurance agency where she worked.

Back for seconds : Soehner ready to break 1,000-yard mark for Pirates, again

posted: 09/30/2009 6:30 a.m.

Danny Abshier has seen his share of great running backs during his 17 years as Prairie Grove head coach.

U.S. census just around the corner

posted: 09/30/2009 6:29 a.m.

No fooling - April 1, 2010, is the official U.S. census day.

Hogs assign blame for big loss: 'It's our fault'

posted: 09/30/2009 6:28 a.m.

The Razorbacks, both players and coaches, seem to agree - the blame should be placed squarely on their own shoulder.

Moving forward, Lions won't forget teammate

posted: 09/30/2009 6:25 a.m.

Gravette won its fourth football game of the season Friday night, but the story only begins there says the team's head coach.

FHS volleyball trumps Heritage, tied for first in league

posted: 09/30/2009 6:24 a.m.

Fayetteville and Rogers Heritage both needed reminders on the importance of mental toughness in volleyball.

Wolves leaning on defense, not offense early

posted: 09/30/2009 6:23 a.m.

Brad Harris is still looking for a spark for his Lincoln offense in the red zone, but he's pleasantly surprised with his defense near the halfway point of the season.

Henry Cup to be held Oct. 17-18

posted: 09/30/2009 6:22 a.m.

The Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA) announced on Tuesday that the first annual Orville Henry Cup Matches, presented by Lindsey & Associates, will be played Oct. 17-18 at Paradise Valley Athletic Club and Fayetteville Country Club.

Lady Tigers keep pace in West race as 2nd half begins

posted: 09/30/2009 6:20 a.m.

Bentonville started the second half of its 7A-West Conference volleyball schedule on a good note.

Richardson to coach potential WNBA team

posted: 09/30/2009 6:19 a.m.

Former University of Tulsa and University of Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson was introduced Tuesday at the BOK Center as coach and general manager of a WNBA franchise in Tulsa should the city secure a team.

Heritage hangs tough early in loss to FHS

posted: 09/30/2009 6:17 a.m.

Fayetteville and Rogers Heritage both needed reminders on the importance of mental toughness in volleyball.

Travis sees opportunity in matchup vs. Saints

posted: 09/30/2009 6:15 a.m.

Pea Ridge gets its biggest challenge of the season this week, hosting Shiloh Christian.

BHS wins two against Fayetteville

posted: 09/30/2009 6:13 a.m.

Both of Bentonville's tennis teams earned two wins against Fayetteville on Tuesday. The schools completed a weather-delayed match from earlier this season in Fayetteville as well as a regularly scheduled match at the Kingsdale Tennis Center.

Mark your calendar

posted: 09/30/2009 6 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bella Vista residents can bid farewell to Police Chief James Wozniak, who is retiring after working nearly 40 years in law enforcement.

State lottery's 1st day takes in $1.2 million

posted: 09/30/2009 5:56 a.m.

The Arkansas lottery sold an estimated $1.2 million in tickets on the lottery's first day and paid about $702,000 in prizes, its top official said Tuesday.

Senate finance panel rejects public option

posted: 09/30/2009 5:41 a.m.

The Senate Finance Committee voted down the creation of government-run health insurance to compete with private company plans on Tuesday, handing the Obama administration a setback on one of its key planks in the broader health-care debate.

Nolan joins Tulsa effort to lure team

posted: 09/30/2009 5:35 a.m.

Former Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson was equal parts new hire and public relations man.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M: Frustrated by flags

posted: 09/30/2009 5:33 a.m.

The renewal of the Arkansas-Texas A&M football series Saturday in Arlington, Texas, looks sure to supply offensive sparks with two of the NCAA's best offensive teams.

Meeting to tackle state's economy

posted: 09/30/2009 5:32 a.m.

Businessmen, academics, government officials and interested members of the public are convening this morning at several university locations as part of a first-of-its-kind economic event that is expected to help shape policy and future economic development programs.

Quake, tsunami slam American Samoa

posted: 09/30/2009 5:27 a.m.

A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing dozens of people and leaving several workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities.

Iran's secret site fuels suspicion

posted: 09/30/2009 5:23 a.m.

Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday that the country's new uranium enrichment site - carved into a mountain and near a military compound of the powerful Revolutionary Guard - was built for maximum protection from aerial attack.

Guinea promises inquiry of shooting by soldiers at rally

posted: 09/30/2009 5:22 a.m.

Guinea's government said Tuesday that it would investigate why troops opened fire on protesters at a pro-democracy rally. A human-rights group said 157 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 09/30/2009 5:21 a.m.

First GOP governor of Oklahoma Henry Louis Bellmon, who in 1963 became Oklahoma's first GOP governor since statehood and is known as the father of the state's modern Republican Party, died Tuesday. He was 88.

Parents of 5 killed in fire arrested

posted: 09/30/2009 5:19 a.m.

The parents of five girls killed in a house fire in March 2008 have been arrested on allegations of violating probation.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/30/2009 5:19 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We've got some beautiful pumpkins, but it has been a very expensive crop this year." Ellen Dalton, a Piggott pumpkin farmer, saying powdery mildew has hurt this year's crop Article, 1B

Mayor's son jailed on drug charge

posted: 09/30/2009 5:18 a.m.

Police arrested the Rogers mayor's son, James Phillip Womack, on a drug-related charge Friday after police said he sold methamphetamine to an informant in April.

EDITORIALS: Losing appeal

posted: 09/30/2009 5:17 a.m.

AFTER hearing two contentious appeals this year, Washington County's quorum court seems ready to give up the whole business of deciding appeals when it comes to zoning and planning decisions.

Small school report

posted: 09/30/2009 5:14 a.m.

Tigers get back to basics A halftime adjustment by offensive coordinator Greg Kendrick helped keep Charleston (4-0, 1-0 1-3 A) undefeated Friday night.

Angels determined to exceed early exits

posted: 09/30/2009 5:14 a.m.

Mike Scioscia stalked the clubhouse with a soaked T-shirt and a bottle of champagne, looking for somebody to hug. Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno was an easy target.

Hogging spotlight in Texas

posted: 09/30/2009 5:13 a.m.

For Saturday night, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't mind renaming his new $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington, Texas.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs need to make adjustments quickly

posted: 09/30/2009 5:12 a.m.

As the dust settles on the Arkansas Razorbacks' loss to Alabama, and after watching a replay of it on the Internet, it appears the Hogs' defense is somewhere in between being as bad as some fans think and being good enough to win an SEC game.

Union Christian QB is double trouble

posted: 09/30/2009 5:09 a.m.

The threat of the unpredictable has made playing quarterback fun for Union Christian senior Aaron Collins.

FDIC proposes banks refill fund

posted: 09/30/2009 5:09 a.m.

Regulators expect the cost of bank failures to grow to about $100 billion during the next four years - up from an earlier estimate of $70 billion. Faced with that sobering news, they voted Tuesday to require banks to prepay $45 billion in premiums to replenish an insurance fund that will start running dry today.

FEAT OF THE WEEK Jonesboro linebacker Greer hard to handle

posted: 09/30/2009 5:08 a.m.

Little Rock Parkview's chances of opening 6A-East play with a victory were literally sacked Thursday night at Little Rock Fair's War Eagle Stadium.

U.S. home prices rose in July

posted: 09/30/2009 5:08 a.m.

Home prices rose again in July in many of the nation's major cities, a trend that will help ease the foreclosure crisis and slowly rebuild the wealth of millions of American homeowners.

Afghanistan strategies see U.S., NATO scrutiny

posted: 09/30/2009 5:07 a.m.

As the White House began Tuesday to debate in earnest the Afghanistan war, NATO's secretary general said President Barack Obama is right to delay troop decisions until a possibly revamped approach is devised.

Earnings report

posted: 09/30/2009 5:07 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Walgreen Co., the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain, reported fourth-quarter net income fell 1.6 percent to $436 million, or 44 cents a share, from $443 million, or 45 cents, a year earlier.

MARKET REPORT Consumer index slips; stocks fall

posted: 09/30/2009 5:07 a.m.

A surprise drop in consumer confidence tripped up investors Tuesday, a day after a round of corporate takeovers set off a steep market rally.

Cuba hosts U.S. diplomat

posted: 09/30/2009 5:06 a.m.

A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, three State Department officials said Tuesday.

Ex-party fundraiser sentenced to 24 years

posted: 09/30/2009 5:06 a.m.

Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison Tuesday by a judge who accused him of funding his fraud by manipulating the political process in a way that "strikes at the very core of our democracy."

Names and faces

posted: 09/30/2009 5:05 a.m.

A New York court on Tuesday dismissed Dan Rather's breach of contract lawsuit against CBS Corp., noting that the network continued to pay the news anchor $6 million a year even after he left the evening news broadcast in 2005.

In the news

posted: 09/30/2009 5:01 a.m.

Carlos Boc, 29, was arrested in Framingham, Mass., on identity fraud charges after police say the illegal alien from Guatemala went to a police station, told officers that he had stolen another man's identity and asked to be deported because he could no longer make ends meet in America.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/30/2009 5 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I agree with President Obama in his approach: strategy first, then resources." Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO chief, discussing policy on Afghanistan

Off the wire

posted: 09/30/2009 4:58 a.m.

FOOTBALL Jones has sprained knee Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (Arkansas Razorbacks) has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and his status for Sunday's game at Denver is uncertain.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/30/2009 4:56 a.m.

OU coach: NFL call up to QB With quarterback Sam Bradford's status for No. 8 Oklahoma's game at Miami on Saturday night up in the air, Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops found himself answering questions Tuesday about whether the Heisman Trophy winner should be playing with the Sooners this season.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/30/2009 4:55 a.m.

Oklahoma LB Gaston orally commits to UA Arkansas received a big boost to the 2010 recruiting class Tuesday night when linebacker Courtney Gaston orally committed to the Razorbacks.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/30/2009 4:53 a.m.

Petrino: QB woes common Ryan Mallett's struggles in Arkansas' 35-7 loss at Alabama last Saturday aren't unique to the Razorbacks' sophomore quarterback, Coach Bobby Petrino stressed.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Verlander carries load as Tigers salvage split

posted: 09/30/2009 4:51 a.m.

Justin Verlander kept the Detroit Tigers on top in the American League Central, pitching eight innings in a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night that salvaged a split of their doubleheader.

ARKANSAS STATE: Red Wolves find national TV game twice as nice

posted: 09/30/2009 4:50 a.m.

Arkansas State will get its second shot at a Bowl Championship Series opponent this season when the Red Wolves play Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

The world in brief

posted: 09/30/2009 4:38 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Those people who committed those atrocities were uncontrollable elements in the military. Even I, as head of state in this very tense situation, cannot claim to be able to control those elements in the military." Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, the Guinea military officer who seized power in a December coup, after troops opened fire on protesters at a pro-democracy rally

Honduran calls for peace, unity

posted: 09/30/2009 4:34 a.m.

The general who oversaw the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya implored all sectors of Honduran society to join in resolving the country's deepening crisis Tuesday.

Putin: Kremlin's role in economy to drop

posted: 09/30/2009 4:27 a.m.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told investors Tuesday that the government will reduce its role in the Russian economy and ownership of companies over the coming years to allow for better growth.

Auditors find 'deficiencies' in city books

posted: 09/30/2009 4:25 a.m.

An audit critical of Helena-West Helena found numerous "significant deficiencies" in the city's finances during 2007, including nearly $20,000 in improper disbursements to Mayor James Valley.

Fare cuts ease drop-off in global airline traffic

posted: 09/30/2009 4:25 a.m.

Global airline traffic fell 1.1 percent in August, a slower drop than in previous months, as carriers cut ticket prices to win back passengers and Asian economies benefited from government stimulus packages.

JPMorgan shakes up management

posted: 09/30/2009 4:24 a.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. shook up the leadership of its investment bank, surprising analysts by announcing the immediate departure of Co-Chief Executive Officer William "Bill" Winters and naming asset-management chief Jes Staley to run the business.

Toyota to recall 3.8 million units

posted: 09/30/2009 4:21 a.m.

Toyota says it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States to address problems with a removable floor mat that could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/30/2009 4:16 a.m.

Bonds to help fund Windstream deals Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. on Tuesday said it will issue $400 million in corporate bonds to help finance the recent purchases of Ephrata, Pa.-based D&E Communications and Lexcom Inc. of Lexington, N.C.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/30/2009 4:15 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "What we are proposing to do is to tap the ample liquidity of the banking industry to improve our own liquidity position without borrowing from the Treasury." Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair

Other days

posted: 09/30/2009 3:42 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1909 After a consultation with City Attorney Burt Brooks, Acting Mayor Tuohey yesterday morning informed the local officials of the Iron Mountain railway that they would not be permitted to lay water pipes across the streets that intersect the right of way of the Valley division along the river front.

COLUMNISTS The intellectual talent scout

posted: 09/30/2009 3:41 a.m.

There must still be places like the all-night cafes and cafeterias I remember on the Lower East side, where students could sit till all hours nursing a cup of coffee or maybe a glass tea-a glesele tay, to lapse into my childhood Yiddish-while solving all the problems of the world, or maybe just stirring them up. Or at least making the kind of obscure ideological distinctions that seem all-important at the time.

Who's she kidding?

posted: 09/30/2009 3:41 a.m.

IT'S NO SECRET that economic illiteracy is widespread in this country, but it's particularly dangerous in high places, like the Senate of the United States. It also explains why someone like the senior senator from Arkansas can't be taken seriously when she proposes to help consumers by cutting the tax deduction that health insurance companies can take on their executives' salaries.

Every bit helps

posted: 09/30/2009 3:40 a.m.

With the nation's health care system under intense scrutiny, this is as good a time as any to examine the way we handle claims of medical malpractice.

From blankie to cell phone

posted: 09/30/2009 3:37 a.m.

Every generation has its distinguishing features, one of which in years to come surely will be cauliflower ear.

LETTERS

posted: 09/30/2009 3:29 a.m.

Understand the real facts Do you oppose government-run health care? If so, raise your hand. If you are on Medicare, lower your hand. Do you oppose all forms of socialism? If so, raise your hand. If you are on Social Security, lower your hand and forward your monthly check to me.

Consumer confidence index falls

posted: 09/30/2009 2:56 a.m.

Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly fell in September as a rising unemployment rate weighed on households, according to a report released Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 29

Directions to Cowboys Stadium online

posted: 09/29/2009 5:42 p.m.

Football fans traveling to the Texas A&M vs. Arkansas game on Saturday may visit an online mapping system to determine the most efficient route to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Police capture inmate who escaped from van

posted: 09/29/2009 2:35 p.m.

Authorities say a convicted felon who escaped from a Crawford County transport van has been recaptured.

$500K upgrade Edwards wants money to update county software

posted: 09/29/2009 7:22 a.m.

With employees using outdated software - to say the least - Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards is seeking approval to begin installation of a totally new computer program sometime near the middle of 2010.

Some records released 2 of 3 fired from shelter received merit pay increases

posted: 09/29/2009 7:21 a.m.

Two of three employees recently fired from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter received merit pay increases during the past year, one as recently as June.

City dealing with parking, crowded home complaints

posted: 09/29/2009 7:19 a.m.

Citizens lodged more than 100 complaints since college classes started about parking and over-occupancy of homes, attendees of a town hall meeting learned Monday evening.

Trial reset to aid new interpreter

posted: 09/29/2009 7:18 a.m.

The trial for a South Pacific Island man accused of negligent homicide has been reset for Nov. 3.

Area districts cease eat now, pay later in cafeterias

posted: 09/29/2009 7:17 a.m.

Pay for it now, not later. Some schools have stopped allowing students to get a meal and pay for it later when their lunch balances get too low, citing regulations in the Federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2007.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/29/2009 7:16 a.m.

Events in Washington County for Sept. 29, 2009.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/29/2009 7:14 a.m.

Wilfred Duane Wallace; Edward Matthew Gleich, Chandler Jacob Fast, Silvestre A. Torres, Waylen Allen Burkes, Billey Joe Bilyeu, Carol Sue Kenneally, John D. Rogers, Beulah Mae Schneider, Elva Lenore Draper

Womack readies for military retirement

posted: 09/29/2009 7:10 a.m.

Mayor Steve Womack left City Hall on Friday and became Col. Steve Womack, a 30-year Army National Guardsman who was in Little Rock on Monday on military business and was not scheduled to return until Wednesday. It's a precursor to a hectic October that will start in earnest with his retirement ceremony Saturday.

Holding off on refinance - for now

posted: 09/29/2009 7:09 a.m.

Members of the Bentonville School Board concluded that they want to decide about a new millage campaign before determining whether to refinance the district's existing debt.

Lottery finally here : Eager residents lined up for scratch-off tickets.

posted: 09/29/2009 7:08 a.m.

Monday was the first day Arkansans were able to pick up scratch-off lottery tickets at area convenience stores to go along with that pack of gum and Coca-Cola for the road.

Gentry requests to be taken off distress list

posted: 09/29/2009 7:06 a.m.

The Gentry School District took another major step forward in the fight to be removed from the state's fiscaldistress list.

Few accidents, arrests noted at rally

posted: 09/29/2009 7:05 a.m.

Fayetteville police responded to a few serious motorcycle accidents during this year's Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, though none were fatal.

Rally-goer accused of headbutting deputy

posted: 09/29/2009 7:04 a.m.

A Bikes, Blues & BBQ patron faces elevated charges on allegations of headbutting a Washington County sheriff's deputy and spitting at two Fayetteville police officers while being transported to the Washington County Detention Center on Saturday.

Greenland schools raise $14K at rally, exceed goal

posted: 09/29/2009 6:59 a.m.

Greenland School Supporters raised more than $14,000 working at parking lots and charging people to park for Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, surpassing the $100,000 mark for funds raised over the last year.

OUR VIEW : Monkey business

posted: 09/29/2009 6:59 a.m.

Foolish. Wasteful. Tiresome. Sad. These are a few of the adjectives that come to mind when we hear that a local school has been targeted with a bomb threat.

LETTERS

posted: 09/29/2009 6:57 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 29, 2009.

Times Editorial : Survey says

posted: 09/29/2009 6:55 a.m.

Fayetteville Superintendent Vicki Thomas' plan to send a survey to everyone who voted in the Sept. 15 election over a new high school is a good starting place for discussions about the future.

OTHER OPINIONS : Aid for education

posted: 09/29/2009 6:54 a.m.

Recent developments at public colleges and universities leave little doubt that there is a need for the major overhaul of college aid programs approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

OTHER OPINIONS : Ponder a soda tax

posted: 09/29/2009 6:53 a.m.

If government can levy taxes on tobacco products to generate not only revenue but confer public health benefits with respect to smoking rates, why not apply the same principle to taxing sugary soft drinks to raise funds for health-care reform while fighting obesity? Obviously, the beverage industry has plenty of reasons to oppose the proposal, but strong advocates in the medical community make the idea one worth considering.

JUST A THOUGHT : Remember when?

posted: 09/29/2009 6:53 a.m.

People forget the volatility stirred in this college community four falls ago by Laurie Taylor, who was just another local mom until she came to the conclusion that Fayetteville Public Schools were entertaining smut in their libraries. Others saw literature. Thus the Great Book Debate.

Guest Commentary : In the culture wars, who speaks for God?

posted: 09/29/2009 6:51 a.m.

In the combative world of cable news, America's culture wars are often characterized as pitched battles between ardent religionists on one side and diehard secularists on the other.

Awaiting Obama's Afghanistan decision

posted: 09/29/2009 6:51 a.m.

All spring and summer, it looked as though Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, would play the same role in the debate over President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy that he played in the struggle over Iraq: as a champion of the surgestyle counterinsurgency that Obama endorsed in March and as a defender of a wartime White House against the Democratic Party's leftward flank.

Sturdy under attack Mayhall's INTs set up 'intense' finish

posted: 09/29/2009 6:50 a.m.

Sam Mayhall had never been involved in anything as intense as Fort Smith Northside throwing everything it had at the Heritage War Eagles late in their 7A-West Conference opener Friday night.

Mounties shifting gears after injuries

posted: 09/29/2009 6:48 a.m.

The Rogers football team will have to wait for the diagnosis of several injured starters.

Fayetteville celebrating homecoming this week

posted: 09/29/2009 6:47 a.m.

Homecoming festivities, including a parade and other events, will precede Fayetteville High School's home football game Friday evening against Springdale High School.

Fayetteville wins fifth golf title

posted: 09/29/2009 6:46 a.m.

Fayetteville High junior Micah Radler shot a 73 Monday to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth consecutive state title at Fianna Hills Country Club.

FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Hall of Honor members offer relief from buffoons

posted: 09/29/2009 6:45 a.m.

A commentator whose name currently escapes me said several years ago that we used to come home and watch TV to escape the jerks and nincompoops we had encountered during the day. Now, we come home and watch these very same numbskulls and incompetents on top-rated reality TV shows. Hugely popular Web sites are devoted to videos of spectacular failures, eliciting either our guffaws or groaning winces. It's like The Three Stooges have somehow sired millions of minions who have infiltrated society, and, collectively, we can't get enough of it.

Lunney happy Tigers part of Rowland Stadium dedication

posted: 09/29/2009 6:43 a.m.

BENTONVILLE - Barry Lunney couldn't be more happy for his good friend and former coach Jim Rowland and the honor that will be bestowed upon him Friday night at Fort Smith Southside.

Fayetteville School Calendar

posted: 09/29/2009 6:42 a.m.

Fayetteville School District calendar for Sept. 29, 2009.

Lady Tigers focused for second-half run

posted: 09/29/2009 6:40 a.m.

The Bentonville Lady Tigers will try to get back in the win column tonight when they host Fort Smith Northside in a 7A-West Conference volleyball match at Tiger Arena.

Council to award mini-grants to state schools, organizations

posted: 09/29/2009 6:38 a.m.

The Arkansas Arts Council is offering pre-K-12 schools and community organizations an opportunity to participate in the Arts in Education Mini-Grant program.

Heritage XC solid in Texas

posted: 09/29/2009 6:37 a.m.

The Heritage cross country teams had a successful trip to Texas this past weekend.

UA Honors College fellows

posted: 09/29/2009 6:36 a.m.

Students named Honors College fellows From a field of 493 applicants, 75 outstanding high school seniors were chosen to join the eighth class of Honors College fellows at the University of Arkansas. Each student will receive a total of $50,000 over four years to cover tuition, room and board, as well as the cost of books and a computer. The funds can also be combined with Honors College research and study abroad grants to broaden educational opportunities.

NWACC announces several promotions, interim appointments

posted: 09/29/2009 6:35 a.m.

Becky Paneitz, North-West Arkansas Community College president, announced several promotions and interim appointments in response to organizational needs generated by continued enrollment growth. These positions were announced to the college community Sept. 1.

Life Way looks to rebound

posted: 09/29/2009 6:34 a.m.

The Life Way Christian School volleyball team looks to bounce back from its first losses of the season this week.

Police find naked person sleeping in UA bathroom

posted: 09/29/2009 6:32 a.m.

Fayetteville police took a nude man into custody Sunday after he allegedly broke into the University of Arkansas' Engineering Hall and locked himself in a bathroom stall.

Recount boosts votes against millage

posted: 09/29/2009 6:31 a.m.

There were more Fayetteville School District residents that voted against the proposed millage increase than originally reported, according to the final tally of votes certified by the Washington County Election Commission.

Casteel, Howell plead not guilty

posted: 09/29/2009 6:29 a.m.

Two Rogers men pleaded not guilty Monday to charges concerning their roles in an Oklahoma man's death and disposal of his body.

Court Briefs

posted: 09/29/2009 6:28 a.m.

Court briefs for Washington County for September 29, 2009.

Bella Vista City Council eyes 1-cent sales tax

posted: 09/29/2009 6:26 a.m.

To have or not to have a 1-cent sales tax will be determined by voters in a special election scheduled for Dec. 8.

Thrillin' Dylan Hale a multipurpose weapon out of backfield

posted: 09/29/2009 6:24 a.m.

Dylan Hale isn't about to give up on making 2009 a season to remember for the right reasons. Fayetteville's junior tailback is showing there's more than one way to make a contribution to the team.

Mallett, Hogs eye comeback against Aggies

posted: 09/29/2009 6:22 a.m.

Due to technical difficulties, last week's Ryan Mallett Show was mostly knocked off the air.

Convenience centers on Friday agenda

posted: 09/29/2009 6:21 a.m.

Benton County representatives once again invite the public to ask questions about the week's county business during a second brown-bag lunch discussion at noon Friday.

Radler's 73 helps extend Lady Bulldogs' golf dynasty

posted: 09/29/2009 6:20 a.m.

Fayetteville High junior Micah Radler shot a 73 Monday to take co-medalist honors in the 7A State Golf championship and lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth-consecutive state title at the Fianna Hills Country Club.

NFL NUGGETS : Ryan's boisterous style working for Jets

posted: 09/29/2009 6:18 a.m.

Anyone who knows me could tell you that Buddy Ryan is my all-time favorite football coach. His son, Rex, is my second-favorite.

Community notes

posted: 09/29/2009 6:16 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 29, 2009.

Richardson tabbed as coach of proposed WNBA team

posted: 09/29/2009 6:13 a.m.

Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson will be announced as the head coach of a potential WNBA franchise in Tulsa, Okla., today.

Lottery's start 'smooth,' director says

posted: 09/29/2009 6:10 a.m.

Arkansas became the 43rd state to sell lottery tickets Monday, with players ranging from college students to college presidents joining in on the gambling, which is aimed at paying for scholarships.

Obama to attend Olympics vote

posted: 09/29/2009 6:09 a.m.

In the final days of Chicago's quest to host the 2016 Olympics, President Barack Obama is making himself a central player in the race to bring the Summer Games to his adopted hometown.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/29/2009 6:08 a.m.

Obituaries for September 29, 2009.

Income gap gets wider in recession

posted: 09/29/2009 6:08 a.m.

The recession has hit middle income and poor families hardest, widening the economic gap between the richest and poorest Americans as rippling job layoffs ravaged household budgets.

Bank suspends dealings with ACORN

posted: 09/29/2009 6:06 a.m.

Bank of America Corp. is suspending its work with the housing affiliate of embattled community organizing group ACORN.

Abused teen escapes; mother, friend jailed

posted: 09/29/2009 6:05 a.m.

A woman was arrested after her 14-year-son told authorities he escaped from a home where 1 he'd been kept for 4 /2 years, spending most of his time locked in a bedroom closet, police said Monday.

SPRINGDALE: Board opposes plans for charter school

posted: 09/29/2009 6:03 a.m.

The Springdale School Board in a special meeting Monday voted to oppose plans to locate an open-enrollment charter school within the district's boundaries.

PARIS Man: Feared losing boy, 13

posted: 09/29/2009 6:03 a.m.

Robert James told a State Police investigator in 2008 that he shot his wife's boyfriend more because he was afraid of losing his adopted son than losing his wife, according to testimony.

SPRINGDALE: Marshallese welcome opening of consulate

posted: 09/29/2009 6:02 a.m.

Handmade shell necklaces were in style Monday afternoon when the consul general of the Republic of the Marshall Islands opened a ceremony with music and prayer at the Boone Ritter building across the street from City Hall.

Beebe links economy, early-education funds

posted: 09/29/2009 6 a.m.

Arkansas needs to continue to grow its publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday.

Moms' swine-flu risk high

posted: 09/29/2009 5:59 a.m.

The continued spread of swine flu has some Arkansas doctors warning about the risks to pregnant women, who are considered among the virus' most vulnerable victims.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/29/2009 5:58 a.m.

New judge named in corruption case The chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court has assigned a new judge to handle the public corruption case against former Jefferson County Judge Jack Jones.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/29/2009 5:57 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes. For more information, call (479) 770-8400. An obituary with expanded information or for residents of other counties in Arkansas can be placed by funeral homes for a fee.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 09/29/2009 5:56 a.m.

Co-founder of Gap stores PORTLAND, Ore. - Donald G. Fisher, who co-founded apparel giant Gap Inc., died Sunday. He was 81.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/29/2009 5:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'm just an optimistic person. I figure someone has to win.Why not me?" Charlotte Hudlow of Rogers, who bought $40 in lottery tickets Monday as a present for her daughter Article, 1B

LR looks at plan to let bureau run River Market

posted: 09/29/2009 5:54 a.m.

Little Rock's tourism agency wants to take control of one of the capital city's most popular destinations.

Woman revises plea in tax-evasion trial

posted: 09/29/2009 5:54 a.m.

A woman who was rebuffed Friday in her half-hearted attempt to plead guilty to a federal tax crime was more successful on her second attempt Monday.

Aggies' coach: Success relative

posted: 09/29/2009 5:52 a.m.

Texas A&M will bring the nation's top-ranked offense into Saturday's game against Arkansas in Arlington, Texas.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Razorbacks' series with Aggies interests recruits

posted: 09/29/2009 5:50 a.m.

When Arkansas and Texas A&M announced the 10-year agreement to renew their Southwest Conference rivalry at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, many rejoiced, but the happiest people might have been on the Razorbacks' coaching staff.

No. 4 LSU 4-0, far from perfect

posted: 09/29/2009 5:49 a.m.

LSU Coach Les Miles is trying to be fair.

Dow up 124 points on corporate deals

posted: 09/29/2009 5:49 a.m.

A burst of corporate dealmaking is giving investors a shot of confidence about the economy.

Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer

posted: 09/29/2009 5:42 a.m.

Xerox Corp. agreed to buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for $6.4 billion in its biggest purchase, shifting to technology services as sales of its printing equipment drop.

Abbott Labs to buy Solvay for $6.6 billion, gain spot in vaccines market

posted: 09/29/2009 5:41 a.m.

Abbott Laboratories on Monday said it would pay $6.6 billion for the pharmaceutical business of Belgian chemicals maker Solvay in a move to further expand internationally and add to its product portfolio.

Property given to lender to end suit

posted: 09/29/2009 5:40 a.m.

Metropolitan National Bank and representatives of the Bob L. Gaddy Trust agreed to a consent judgment in a $27 million lawsuit filed by the bank on Sept. 22, leaving the lender in possession of pledged properties and an additional $2 million owed by the estate.

Iran test-fires best missiles, calls it warning to enemies

posted: 09/29/2009 5:09 a.m.

Iran reported on Monday that it successfully test-fired its most advanced and powerful medium-range missiles in war games intended to deter the country's enemies.

U.S.-Afghan raid kills 30 Taliban

posted: 09/29/2009 5:08 a.m.

A U.S. team working with Afghan soldiers swooped in on a militant stronghold in the country's west, killing at least 30 Taliban fighters, U.S. and Afghan officials said Monday. Elsewhere, a Taliban highway ambush left six truckers dead, and a roadside bomb killed another six Afghans in a crowded van.

Study: Charter schools aid desegregation

posted: 09/29/2009 5:06 a.m.

Open-enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County are helping rather than hindering racial desegregation efforts in traditional public schools, concludes a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Honduras' interim chief vows to ease crackdown

posted: 09/29/2009 5:02 a.m.

The coup-installed president of Honduras backed down Monday from an escalating standoff with protesters and suggested he would restore civil liberties and reopen dissident television and radio stations by the end of the week.

In the news

posted: 09/29/2009 5 a.m.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate, has finished her memoirs, Going Rogue: An American Life, just four months after the book deal was announced, and the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, said the book's publisher.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/29/2009 4:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Having the leader of the free world there supporting the bid sends a good message." First lady Michelle Obama, saying she's confident the presence of her husband will enhance Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 09/29/2009 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Sanctions will cause great pain to many people for whom the plight of being ruled by paranoid statesmen is enough." Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, speaking out against further sanctions targeting his country Article, 1A

Boy faces trial as adult in break-in

posted: 09/29/2009 4:47 a.m.

A Pulaski County Circuit judge rejected a 15-year-old North Little Rock boy's request Monday to have his armed robbery, burglary and terroristic act charges transferred to juvenile court after prosecutors questioned the effectiveness of juvenile sentencing laws and the security of the Arkansas Youth Services Division.

Other days

posted: 09/29/2009 4:35 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 29, 1909 Within the last six or eight weeks the value of lands within and in the vicinity of Lonoke has increased at least 25 percent.

Choosing the right college

posted: 09/29/2009 4:25 a.m.

There is so much for high school seniors and their parents to know about colleges that they not only need to get a lot of information but also need to make sure it is the right kind of information.

A turkey of a plan

posted: 09/29/2009 4:24 a.m.

IF YOU don't understand everything you know about turkey season this year, join the club. What in the world is going on at the Game and Fish Commission? Can this be the same commission that guided the state through the 1980s and 1990s?

Others say Tennessee race gets ugly

posted: 09/29/2009 4:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON POST Representative Stephen Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, has represented the 9th Congressional District since 2006. He is white, but his district is majority African American.

It's plentiful and it's here

posted: 09/29/2009 4:22 a.m.

Natural gas is nifty stuff. It burns twice as clean as other fossil fuels, leaves no ash to be disposed of and is critical to many industrial processes.

A 21st Century idea

posted: 09/29/2009 4:21 a.m.

The Fayetteville School District plans to survey the 10,000 folks who voted in the latest millage defeat.

LETTERS

posted: 09/29/2009 4:21 a.m.

No profit from investment According to the Financial Times of London, the federal loan programs for the bailout of banks have earned it about $14 billion in profits.

LIKE IT IS: Broyles as enthusiastic as ever nearing 85

posted: 09/29/2009 4:20 a.m.

If you didn't know Frank Broyles and you closed your eyes and just listened to him, you would think you were listening to a man half his age.

New AF1 to include Twisters

posted: 09/29/2009 4:18 a.m.

The Arkansas Twisters will be one of the founding members of a new indoor football league formed from the ashes of the Arena Football League and Arena Football 2.

Cowboys crack down

posted: 09/29/2009 4:16 a.m.

Terence Newman dived into the end zone, threw the ball into the air and exhaled. The Dallas Cowboys were headed to victory and their maligned defense was the main reason for it.

Off the wire

posted: 09/29/2009 4:15 a.m.

BASKETBALL LeBron, Shaq together After months of hype, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal are finally wearing the same uniform. The superstars, united by an offseason trade, were together Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers held a media day like none before in the team's 40-year history.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dodgers' party put on ice again

posted: 09/29/2009 4:14 a.m.

This couldn't-get-any-easier clinching is becoming hard for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They'll be playing one of the National League's best teams in another week, yet they suddenly can't beat the league's worst.

COMMENTARY: Managing spot in Hall arduous task

posted: 09/29/2009 4:13 a.m.

The 2009 baseball season adds luster to the credentials of three future Hall of Fame managers, although their past accomplishments would have been sufficient to eventually earn their invitations to Cooperstown.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/29/2009 4:11 a.m.

Teams say tweeting for birds New York Jets receiver David Clowney was benched after his Twitter message riled Coach Rex Ryan. The Texas Tech team was banned from tweeting after a player criticized the coach. The Miami Heat were told no more messages from the arena.

Meyer says Tebow might play vs. LSU

posted: 09/29/2009 4:08 a.m.

Tim Tebow could be back in the huddle in time for Florida's biggest game of the season.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/29/2009 4:05 a.m.

Defense improves its grasp Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson is catching heat in some quarters, but Coach Bobby Petrino noted the Razorbacks made significant improvement on defense in a week.

CLASS 7A GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Confident Conway freshman wins state honors in playoff

posted: 09/29/2009 4:03 a.m.

Summar Roachell turned the momentum in her favor on No. 18 at Fianna Hills Country Club. Ten holes later, the Conway freshman was celebrating a victory on the same hole. Roachell tapped in for a par 4 on the 264-yard hole to beat Fayetteville's Micah Radler in a playoff for medalist honors at the Class 7A girls State Golf Tournament on Monday afternoon.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/29/2009 4:02 a.m.

Conway's Purifoy commits to UAB Conway guard Preston Purifoy orally committed Sunday night to play basketball at Alabama-Birmingham after making an official visit over the weekend.

NFL notes

posted: 09/29/2009 4:01 a.m.

DOLPHINS Pennington out for while Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington dislocated his right shoulder and might seek a second opinion to determine how long he'll be sidelined, a person familiar with his status said Monday.

U.S. pump prices fall below $2.50 a gallon

posted: 09/29/2009 3:59 a.m.

The national average retail price for gasoline dipped below $2.50 a gallon for the first time in two months Monday as swelling oil supplies and slumping demand overshadowed even a fire at a major U.S. refinery.

New-car registration falls 21%

posted: 09/29/2009 3:59 a.m.

New-vehicle registrations in Arkansas dropped by 21 percent last month, but the expected flood of registrations following the "cash for clunkers" program should show up in September.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/29/2009 3:58 a.m.

Target purchases land in LR for $6.75 million Minneapolis-based Target Corp. paid $6.75 million for about 8.48 acres of land at the Park Avenue development that will replace the demolished University Mall in midtown Little Rock, according to a filing with the Pulaski County Clerk's office.

Yen rises to 89.58, highest in 9 months

posted: 09/29/2009 3:50 a.m.

The yen surged to a nine-month high Monday amid signals from Japan's new government that it will tolerate a strong currency as it seeks to reduce reliance on exports in the world's No. 2 economy.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/29/2009 3:48 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "It's going to take a Herculean effort to integrate these two companies." Peter Falvey, a managing director at Revolution Partners LLC in Boston, talking about Xerox Corp.'s deal to buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc. Article, 1D

Monday, September 28

Marshallese president: Climate change is a real threat

posted: 09/28/2009 3:22 p.m.

The president of the Marshall Islands says climate change is a threat that the world's leading countries must address.

Canine counsel: Trained dogs offer affection to domestic violence victims

posted: 09/28/2009 7:15 a.m.

A local pet behavior counseling service is now providing victims of domestic violence with a furrier form of therapy.

James works workwear during bikes, blues rally

posted: 09/28/2009 7:13 a.m.

This weekend was much work and little play for Jesse James, in town during the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally to promote Jesse James Industrial Workwear.

Time bank exchange forming in Fayetteville

posted: 09/28/2009 7:11 a.m.

Eighteen people gathered in Fayetteville on Sunday to discuss time banking, a type of bartering exchange service that is tracked online.

Ozark Profile: Dancer has fun while bringing in business

posted: 09/28/2009 7:10 a.m.

When you see her, the first instinct might be to laugh. Or honk. But don't worry, Sandra Barth doesn't mind either way.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/28/2009 7:08 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2009.

Slithering curiosity : Instructor brings wildlife lessons to life with snake-identification field study

posted: 09/28/2009 7:05 a.m.

Twenty-six students closed in, in a circle, around David Jamieson as he grabbed his hook and started toward his white bucket.

Joffrey bound : At the tender age of 15, Meryl Engelke of Rogers is packing her bags and heading to the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on a full scholarship.

posted: 09/28/2009 7:04 a.m.

Meryl Engelke was just 5 years old when her mother, Judy Engelke, excitedly announced she'd signed her daughter up for ballet lessons.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: REVERSE 911 : Summer's hot topic has not made much movement

posted: 09/28/2009 7:03 a.m.

With any luck, Benton County will have a telephone notification system before the year's end. Throughout June and July, reverse 911 made headlines when Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee and his administrators chose to use grant money originally designated for the telephone notification system to install security cameras inside the Benton County Administration Building instead.

Professional women's attire sought for victims of domestic violence

posted: 09/28/2009 7:01 a.m.

The Allstate Foundation is seeking women's suits or professional attire as part of its national Tell a Gal P.A.L. donation drive.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/28/2009 7 a.m.

Earl Adon Stockburger

Fables and Faith : The power of a hug

posted: 09/28/2009 6:58 a.m.

Since my Walk to Emmaus, I've become known as a guy who loves to hug folks. I hug women, men, children, youth, dogs, cats, horses, etc. - you get my point. I've read that a hug is one of the most basic ways two human beings touch. I also know there is great power in a hug.http://www.nwanews.com/admin/news/stories/156743/#

Woman accused of slashing roommate

posted: 09/28/2009 6:57 a.m.

A Fayetteville woman was arrested Saturday on allegations of slashing her live-in boyfriend in the face with broken glass.

Fayetteville to compete in national recycling contest

posted: 09/28/2009 6:56 a.m.

The city of Fayetteville is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge.

Farm Brief

posted: 09/28/2009 6:55 a.m.

Farm brief for Washington County for September 28, 2009.

In search of job seekers

posted: 09/28/2009 6:55 a.m.

The battle cry of economic recovery is making its way across the country, but its message is tempered for those still looking for a job.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/28/2009 6:53 a.m.

Obituaries for September 28, 2009.

Court Briefs

posted: 09/28/2009 6:52 a.m.

Court briefs for Washington County for Sept. 28, 2009.

Community notes

posted: 09/28/2009 6:51 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 28, 2009.

Arrest Report

posted: 09/28/2009 6:50 a.m.

Arrest report for Washington County for September 28, 2009.

Kids Talk : Bloom's Taxonomy

posted: 09/28/2009 6:48 a.m.

As we watch our children grow and learn, how can we, as parents and teachers, help direct our children to the next step in learning?

Times Editorial : One nice thing

posted: 09/28/2009 6:46 a.m.

Lost in media reports about the recent death of Jody Powell, White House press secretary to former President Jimmy Carter, was the news that "the former president went to a nursing home where Powell's mother lives to tell her of her son's death before she heard it on the news."

OTHER OPINIONS : Death of a patriot

posted: 09/28/2009 6:45 a.m.

Back in 1984, the Republican Party held their national convention in Dallas. Incumbent president Ronald Reagan was overwhelmingly nominated for a second term, which he won decisively.

LETTERS

posted: 09/28/2009 6:44 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 28, 2009.

ROOTS & WINGS : Fervor casts out fear

posted: 09/28/2009 6:42 a.m.

Fear is the opposite of love. "There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). Fear is essentially a faithless reaction. The grip of fear is the worst possible context for solving problems or for living well. Fear can make us crazy. I'm told that the command "Fear not," "Do not be afraid," or "Be not afraid" is found 365 times in the Bible, once for every day of the year. Jesus presents himself as a man of faith, not fear.

OTHER OPINIONS : Get 'em off the street

posted: 09/28/2009 6:42 a.m.

Judges must send drunken drivers who do not change their ways to prison for long terms.

Marshallese consulate to open in state

posted: 09/28/2009 6:41 a.m.

The president of the Marshall Islands will be in northwest Arkansas to help open a consulate there.

OTHER OPINIONS : Support reforestation proposal

posted: 09/28/2009 6:38 a.m.

Only God can make a tree. But 2,000 workers, earning $18.75 an hour, could make a forest from the barren wastelands left by the coal industry in Central Appalachia.

Combating suicide

posted: 09/28/2009 6:37 a.m.

As the country engages in a heated - and necessary - debate about healthcare reform, we draw your attention to a health-related issue that often gets overlooked, but one that should matter to all Americans.

Lady Mounties seek higher level of chemistry - 35 feet above the ground

posted: 09/28/2009 6:36 a.m.

Coaches will try anything if they think it will work.

Guest Commentary : Americans still turn to traditional news media first

posted: 09/28/2009 6:35 a.m.

When it comes to a free press, Americans still like the idea - but after that, well, there are questions.

Hog Calls : Old rivalry resumes, house will be divided

posted: 09/28/2009 6:34 a.m.

Stick just the scores by their names and you'd know without proof the different University of Alabamas, the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies played on Saturday.

Free MS program set for Saturday

posted: 09/28/2009 6:33 a.m.

The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis' free, one-day Jumpstart program will be held Saturday at The Jones Center for Families.

Local teams fare well at cross country meet

posted: 09/28/2009 6:31 a.m.

A number of local cross country teams had strong showings Saturday at the annual Simmons Food Cross Country Meet, including the Bentonville Lady Tigers finishing first in the large schools division of the senior high girls meet.

Back to the drawing board : Big plays doom Fayetteville against Bentonville in romp

posted: 09/28/2009 6:30 a.m.

Fayetteville is taking a long, hard look in the mirror.

LAWSUITS FILED

posted: 09/28/2009 6:29 a.m.

Lawsuits filed in Benton County for September 28, 2009.

Mallett: Execution, not confidence at root of problems

posted: 09/28/2009 6:27 a.m.

For all of the offensive numbers, records and improvement shown in the second game of the season, it was all erased Saturday at Alabama.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

posted: 09/28/2009 6:26 a.m.

All reports are from regular food service/ food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

Monday Morning Scouting Report

posted: 09/28/2009 6:25 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks Monday morning scouting report for Texas A&M.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 09/28/2009 6:24 a.m.

Marriage licenses in Benton County for September 28, 2009.

Lady Bulldogs seek 5th golf state title

posted: 09/28/2009 6:22 a.m.

The Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs will seek to defend their Class 7A golf championship today at Fianna Hills Country Club in Fort Smith and win their fifth-consecutive title.

BENTONVILLE FIRE & SAFETY TIP

posted: 09/28/2009 6:22 a.m.

The weekly Bentonville fire and safety tip.

HOG CALLS : Hogs vs. Aggies to furnish gut check

posted: 09/28/2009 6:20 a.m.

Stick the scores by their names and you'd know without proof the different University of Alabamas the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies played last Saturday.

Columnist William Safire dies

posted: 09/28/2009 5:36 a.m.

William Safire, the conservative columnist and word warrior who feared no corner of the English language, died Sunday at age 79.

Study finds 1 in 4 linked to terrorism go to trial

posted: 09/28/2009 5:35 a.m.

The government is prosecuting only about one out of four of those charged in connection with terrorism, according to a study that suggests federal agencies don't agree on who is a terrorist.

Honduras suspends rights, warns Brazil

posted: 09/28/2009 5:34 a.m.

Honduras' interim government is cracking down on civil rights in response to ousted President Manuel Zelaya's calls for rebellion.

Gadhafi, Chavez push new alliance

posted: 09/28/2009 5:33 a.m.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called for a NATO-like defense alliance for Africa and South America as leaders from the two continents agreed to link up to gain more clout as economic and political blocs.

FAYETTEVILLE: Musical marks start of 87-city tour

posted: 09/28/2009 5:32 a.m.

Time spent at the Walton Arts Center last week helped the cast and crew of the national touring production of The Wedding Singer prepare its 'A' game.

EUREKA SPRINGS: Hazards created by herds of deer

posted: 09/28/2009 5:31 a.m.

Deer are devouring gardens in Eureka Springs and disturbing golfers at Holiday Island.

PB mall struggling as more shops close

posted: 09/28/2009 5:30 a.m.

The Pines Mall in Pine Bluff, owned by a Chicago-based company that filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, is struggling to keep tenants.

Third parties sit, wait on result

posted: 09/28/2009 5:28 a.m.

Almost forgotten amid all the wrangling between Oklahoma and the poultry companies it sued is the second, rarely mentioned lawsuit the legal spat spawned.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/28/2009 5:23 a.m.

Man arrested in wife's death A 49-year-old man has been arrested after his wife was found stabbed to death inside a Tulsa hotel room.

Kansas town rebuilt to be energy efficient

posted: 09/28/2009 5:22 a.m.

On a recent clear night, Greensburg, Kan., Mayor Bob Dixson bent his 6-foot-7-inch frame in an airborne plane to marvel at what he considered surplus streetlights shining below.

Electric cars' silence seen as danger

posted: 09/28/2009 5:22 a.m.

After years of trying to make cars sound as if they were riding on air, engineers are considering how they might bring back some noise. They're trying to make some of them - those silent hybrids - more audible.

NFL WEEK 3

posted: 09/28/2009 5:21 a.m.

Highlights COLTS 34, CARDINALS 10 Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner have thrown for miles and miles in their NFL careers, yet their paths crossed for only the second time on Sunday night. Manning stole the show.

2 QBs partners in pain

posted: 09/28/2009 5:21 a.m.

Cheer up, Tony Romo. Jake Delhomme knows exactly how it feels.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Swede tops Ochoa

posted: 09/28/2009 5:13 a.m.

Sophie Gustafson won on the LPGA Tour for the first time in six years, cruising to a fourstroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/ pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

Missiles fired without hitch, Iranians say

posted: 09/28/2009 4:51 a.m.

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles Sunday in drills meant to show Tehran is prepared to crush any military threat from another country.

Assassination attempt rattles Afghan official

posted: 09/28/2009 4:50 a.m.

A powerful member of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet threatened to quit after a suicide car bomb attack targeted him Sunday, killing five people, in the latest Taliban attempt to destabilize Afghanistan's struggling government.

Germany gives Merkel 2nd win

posted: 09/28/2009 4:49 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday won the centerright majority that eluded her four years ago - nudging Europe's biggest economic power to the right as it claws its way out of a deep recession.

Job losses, early retirements taking toll

posted: 09/28/2009 4:49 a.m.

Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off senior citizens will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that's happened since the 1980s.

Program gets criticism on nursing-home focus

posted: 09/28/2009 4:46 a.m.

A government program that brings extra scrutiny to poorly performing nursing homes leaves out hundreds of troubled facilities, investigators report.

Study tracks kids' bad drug reactions

posted: 09/28/2009 4:46 a.m.

More than half a million U.S. children yearly have bad reactions or side effects from widely used medicines that require medical treatment and sometimes hospitalization, new research shows.

Names and faces

posted: 09/28/2009 4:42 a.m.

Three decades after he fled the United States after his arrest for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski was taken into custody in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sunday and faces extradition to Los Angeles.

In the news

posted: 09/28/2009 4:42 a.m.

Dean Allen, a South Carolina Republican, kicked off his campaign for adjutant general of the state's National Guard with what he called a "machine-gun social," where attendees paid $25 for barbecue, a clip of bullets for target practice and a ticket for a raffle of a semiautomatic AK-47.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/28/2009 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I want to work. I have a brain and I want to use it." Marylyn Kish, a 61-year-old laid-off office manager in Ohio who is seeking a job instead of accepting early Social Security retirement benefits Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 09/28/2009 4:41 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There is no talking around it:This is a bitter defeat." German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose Social Democrat Party lost the majority in Sunday's parliamentary election Article, 1A

Vance's lawyers argue to suppress

posted: 09/28/2009 4:39 a.m.

Defense attorneys for the Marianna man accused of killing a Little Rock TV anchor claim police have repeatedly misled and lied to their client since identifying him as a suspect both in the October slaying in Little Rock and an April 2008 rape in his hometown. They are seeking to have every statement he's made to investigators as well as key DNA evidence thrown out of court.

Lottery players try for the first jackpot

posted: 09/28/2009 4:37 a.m.

Less than 11 months after Arkansas voters approved the creation of a state lottery, the first tickets, offering prizes up to $100,000, went on sale at gas stations, convenience stores and other outlets across the state.

Obituaries

posted: 09/28/2009 4:33 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

posted: 09/28/2009 4:32 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 28, 1909 PINE BLUFF - Hardly a property owner of any importance in this county was overlooked by the Jefferson County Equalization Board

A gift for Russia and Iran

posted: 09/28/2009 4:29 a.m.

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl nailed it: President Obama's decision to scrap missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe "turns back the clock to the days of the Cold War, when Eastern Europe was considered the domain of Russia."

It's easy being green

posted: 09/28/2009 4:29 a.m.

So, have you enjoyed the debate over health care reform? Have you been impressed by the civility of the discussion and the intellectual honesty of reform opponents?

The upshot of it all

posted: 09/28/2009 4:28 a.m.

WANT A brief summary of what happened last week to Mike Ross, the congressman from the Fourth District of Arkansas? Here's ours: This artificial tempest over the sale of Congressman and Mrs. Ross' drugstore a couple of years ago was cooked up by Moveon.org

How about that?

posted: 09/28/2009 4:28 a.m.

DID YOU read that story on Friday's front page about the latest bomb plot against American targets? It was hard to miss the headline: "Immigrant is indicted in U.S. terrorism plot/ Bomb attacks planned, prosecutors say."

Others say On snubbing Fox

posted: 09/28/2009 4:27 a.m.

Chris Wallace is not Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity, and plenty of the people who watch Fox News are not ideological zealots. The network's viewers include, among others, moderate conservatives who have doubts about President Barack Obama and his healthcare plan and who want a civil discussion of health care solutions.

An evolving Legislature

posted: 09/28/2009 4:26 a.m.

Someday historians may say that, in the realm of Arkansas political life, this time marks the beginning of a distinct new era.

LETTERS

posted: 09/28/2009 4:26 a.m.

Scores show no progress Once more, the Arkansas Department of Education and the media are touting the successful K-12 scores in Arkansas. As usual when government control is involved, the truth is twisted into propaganda.

Arkansas Razorbacks Football: It's woe-and-2 in SEC all over again

posted: 09/28/2009 4:25 a.m.

Arkansas finds itself in a familiar hole to open SEC play.

ASU: Leonard finds form after break

posted: 09/28/2009 4:24 a.m.

Senior quarterback Corey Leonard is Arkansas State's all-time leader in total offense, the second player in school history to surpass 6,000 yards passing, and the preseason Sun Belt Conference Offensive Co-Player of the Year.

Johnson wins, rivaling Martin

posted: 09/28/2009 4:22 a.m.

Jimmie Johnson dominated again in winning a crucial Chase race.

Lefty wins title, Tiger cashes in

posted: 09/28/2009 4:22 a.m.

Phil Mickelson had the smaller check and felt like the biggest winner. Tiger Woods was congratulated after he finished second in the Tour Championship.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Yankees wrap up AL East

posted: 09/28/2009 4:20 a.m.

Soaked to the skin with champagne, Mark Teixeira stood on the giant "NY" logo in the New York Yankees' clubhouse and shouted like crazy.

Off the wire

posted: 09/28/2009 4:19 a.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Hamilton wins Singapore GP McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday in Singapore, while Brawn GP driver Jenson Button extended his Formula One championship lead by one point.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/28/2009 4:19 a.m.

Dorsett: Dallas QB overrated Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be on Tony Romo's side after the quarterback had three passes intercepted in a 33-31 loss to the New York Giants. But former Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett isn't.

COMMENTARY: Celebration short for Yankees' Burnett

posted: 09/28/2009 4:17 a.m.

While his New York Yankees teammates presumably danced the night away after clinching the American League East on Sunday and some probably didn't roll into bed until this very morning - A.J. Burnett (North Little Rock, Central Arkansas Christian) was on a flight to Little Rock.

Lions remove beast of burden

posted: 09/28/2009 4:14 a.m.

Matthew Stafford held his head down on the bench for the final snap.

Bengals topple Steelers

posted: 09/28/2009 4:12 a.m.

In five frenetic minutes, the Bengals earned some legitimacy and won back their town.

Favre still has touch in crunch

posted: 09/28/2009 4:12 a.m.

The end was as good as the Minnesota Vikings could have imagined: Brett Favre zipped a pass to a little-used reserve wide receiver in the back of the end zone in the final seconds for a classic Favre finish.

Notes

posted: 09/28/2009 4:11 a.m.

Vick gets on field, does little Michael Vick played in an NFL game that counted, though he didn't account for much of the Philadelphia Eagles' offense.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/28/2009 4:10 a.m.

Broyles guest speaker at TD Club meeting Former Arkansas Coach and Athletic Director Frank Broyles will be the guest speaker at today's Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock.

Defense, Sanchez get Jets to 3-0

posted: 09/28/2009 4:08 a.m.

After looking vulnerable for the first time this season, the New York Jets' top-ranked defense came up big in the end.

Razorbacks rewind

posted: 09/28/2009 4:06 a.m.

Arkansas corners marked The loss of junior Isaac Madison to season-ending knee surgery in fall camp helped create a cornerback crisis that has been a key factor in Arkansas' past two games.

Game-console prices dropping

posted: 09/28/2009 4:02 a.m.

Nintendo Co. has cut the top-selling Wii's price for the first time, and Sony Corp. lowered the cost of buying its PlayStation Portable player in Japan to help revive industry sales.

U.S. control of Internet raises alarm

posted: 09/28/2009 4 a.m.

There is no kill switch for the Internet, no secret on-off button in an Oval Office drawer.

TECH SPOTLIGHT: Unique, compact items replace jam boxes and large camera tripods of old

posted: 09/28/2009 3:57 a.m.

I was watching television the other day and noticed, despite the show only being a decade old, how completely different we do things today.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/28/2009 3:46 a.m.

ALEXANDER John W. Berryman, 12902 Hummingbird Lane, Sept. 22, Chapter 7. Tiffany Michele Philpott, 3622 Centark Circle, Sept. 22, Chapter 13. Tom and Nancy Nguyen, 10071 Roundstone Drive, Sept. 22, Chapter 13.

Sunday, September 27

Growth rate of minorities at UA is flat

posted: 09/27/2009 10:07 a.m.

This fall's minority-enrollment count at the University of Arkansas features a new federal reporting requirement that adds categories, including one for mixed-race students.

2 charter schools would target poor

posted: 09/27/2009 10:06 a.m.

Two non-profit organizations aim to open charter schools in Northwest Arkansas that they claim will help students from low-income families achieve on the same level as their peers.

Bikers overflow campgrounds

posted: 09/27/2009 10:02 a.m.

They trickled in over four days, but most of the Bikes, Blues & BBQ revelers will be gone before noon today.

Pressure adding up in freshman arithmetic classes

posted: 09/27/2009 9:44 a.m.

There is more pressure for incoming high school freshmen to perform well in math than there was in the past. Starting with this year's ninth grade - the Class of 2013 - students must pass the End of Course Algebra I exam to receive credit for the class, Arkansas Department of Education spokeswoman Julie Thompson said.

Photographer discovers reclusive artist living in Washington County

posted: 09/27/2009 9:43 a.m.

Tim West, 72, of Winslow thought he would be discovered as an important artist one day, but it would be after he had died.

Local wine organization growing under the concept of taking away snooty stigmas

posted: 09/27/2009 9:42 a.m.

Mark Hatwig was involved in a wine group before. It was a little bit more pretentious. It had a board of directors. It had more rules.

SUNDAY FOCUS : A Sunday for murder

posted: 09/27/2009 9:41 a.m.

A 911 call came in at 4:53 a.m. Sept. 26, 1999. A Sunday. A naked and unconscious 13-yearold boy was in an apartment in Rogers. A 911 call at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 26, 1999. The same Sunday. A 37-year-old father of three had been fatally shot with a crossbow by one of his teenage sons just before the family's Sunday meal.

The real business casual : Rogers-based Rockfish Interactive's quick rise to one of the world's top techdriven, digital agencies has been fed by a culture drenched in turning the "next big idea" into

posted: 09/27/2009 9:33 a.m.

There's a culture built around big dreams, innovation and execution in northwest Arkansas, from the international success story that is Wal-Mart to household names such as Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt.

First lottery scratch cards available Monday

posted: 09/27/2009 9:32 a.m.

Multicolored, hologrammed and themed cards will join the take-a-penny coin cup and pens for sale next to the cash register of local convenience stores when the state lottery kicks off Monday morning.

NWACC dedicates expanded center

posted: 09/27/2009 9:31 a.m.

When NorthWest Arkansas Community College's Washington County Center first opened in January 2004, it had 198 students and two classrooms.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/27/2009 9:30 a.m.

Events in Washington County for September 27, 2009.

Lincoln looking for Watchdog dads

posted: 09/27/2009 9:28 a.m.

Lincoln Elementary School will hold a pizza night event Tuesday to help recruit volunteers for its Watchdog Dad program.

Volunteers make a differeence during lake cleanup

posted: 09/27/2009 9:27 a.m.

A mustache trimmer along with its charger won the prize for oddest item found in and around Beaver Lake during Saturday's annual lake cleanup effort.

Arrest Reports

posted: 09/27/2009 9:26 a.m.

Arrest reports for Washington County for September 27, 2009.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/27/2009 9:25 a.m.

Jane Marie McKimmey Baugus, Luellen McCarty Burt, Ronald Lydell Fulton, Arlie Hutton, Leona E. Bowden

Hall Pass denied when it comes to ACIC

posted: 09/27/2009 9:21 a.m.

The new computer-based security program adopted by the school district here doesn't access the Arkansas Crime Information Center, although a text message to parents from Superintendent Mike Van Dyke states that the system does just that.

Times Editorial : Let's talk

posted: 09/27/2009 9:19 a.m.

Attempting to understand democracy's mechanics isn't for the faint of heart.

Community notes

posted: 09/27/2009 9:19 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 27, 2009.

WHAT GIVES : Striking the balance

posted: 09/27/2009 9:17 a.m.

President George W. Bush undoubtedly did quite a bit of damage to the United States' international relations with his defiantly unilateral approach to foreign policy. I suspect there are few of us, if we were president, who would have been able to resist a hardening of a cooperative spirit after terrorists, aided directly and indirectly by some nations, committed such a dastardly act as the Sept. 11, 2001, murders in New York and Washington, D.C.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/27/2009 9:17 a.m.

Obituaries for September 27, 2009.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/27/2009 9:13 a.m.

Letters the editor for Washington County for September 27, 2009.

Room to Grow : Turf tips for fall fertilization

posted: 09/27/2009 9:10 a.m.

The timing of fertilizer applications for lawns depends on whether you're growing cool-season or warm-season grasses. Warm-season grasses in northwest Arkansas, such as bermudagrass or zoysiagrass, should be fertilized during summer months when they are actively growing.

THE BROADER VIEW : Dissent and civility

posted: 09/27/2009 9:09 a.m.

"We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become 'unthinkable,' thinking stops and action becomes mindless." Conservative columnist Cal Thomas quoted those words at the beginning of a recent column and noted that they were not the words of a "right-wing extremist" or cable TV or radio talk show host. Instead, he said, those words were written by J. William Fulbright in his book, "The Arrogance of Power," published in 1966.

Who fed your cows today?

posted: 09/27/2009 9:08 a.m.

It had the makings of a pleasant fall day when Sonny strolled into the office, humming a tune to match the day.

Guest Commentary : Whistleblowers get no respect

posted: 09/27/2009 9:07 a.m.

For nine years, Harry Markopolos tried to tell the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Bernie Madoff was running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Markopolos tried to alert SEC investigators in both Boston and New York, each of which dismissed, transferred, or simply failed to understand his advanced financial analysis. He even tried getting The Wall Street Journal to investigate.

First 7A-West win started with coach's convincing

posted: 09/27/2009 9:03 a.m.

After watching film on Fort Smith Northside this past week, the Rogers Heritage coaches felt the had a more than reasonable chance to knock off the Grizzlies.

Health Brief

posted: 09/27/2009 9:02 a.m.

HOPE Inc., Cancer Support Home receive grants Two Northwest Arkansas organizations were presented grants totaling $26,000 from the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Mountie teams 3rd at MSU

posted: 09/27/2009 9 a.m.

Rogers runner Maggie Montoya set a course record at the Missouri State Cross Country Facility in Springfield, Mo., and both Rogers cross country teams finished third at Saturday's Richard Clark Invitational.

Free clinical gynecological, breast cancer screening to be held Saturday

posted: 09/27/2009 8:59 a.m.

The Washington Regional Cancer Support Home will offer a free breast and gynecological cancer screening at HerHealth by Washington Regional from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tiger defense bottled up Bulldogs

posted: 09/27/2009 8:57 a.m.

Bentonville wasn't overly successful in getting Fayetteville's Brandon Allen on the ground Friday night, but the Tigers were effective in other ways defensively against the junior quarterback.

Pediatric cancer survivor Baird receives $2,500 CARTI Jungmeyer Scholarship

posted: 09/27/2009 8:55 a.m.

Miranda Baird, 22, of Fayetteville is among 21 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive a Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship valued at $2,500 each and awarded by the CARTI Foundation in Little Rock.

Police report few arrests during rally

posted: 09/27/2009 8:54 a.m.

Thousands of motorcycle riders and visitors have rolled into Fayetteville for the 10th annual Bikes Blues & BBQ rally and local police report only a few minor problems.

Mounties show heart during 99-yard drive

posted: 09/27/2009 8:54 a.m.

The Rogers football team found itself pinned deep twice Friday night.

ROLLED OVER : Hogs unable to overcome Tide's big plays, defense

posted: 09/27/2009 8:52 a.m.

Bobby Petrino had seen it before. So when he noticed the execution problems on the field he reached a conclusion - Arkansas didn't actually believe it could beat No. 3 Alabama on the road.

Razorback Club to host Pelphrey at Heritage

posted: 09/27/2009 8:51 a.m.

The George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club will host the 2009 basketball banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Heritage High School.

KNOCK ON WOOD : Hogs need to become 60-minute men to win

posted: 09/27/2009 8:49 a.m.

On the heels of a 35-7 loss to Alabama on Saturday, the most comfort Bobby Petrino's Arkansas Razorbacks can take is that they don't have to play the Crimson Tide again until next year.

CORRECTION

posted: 09/27/2009 8:48 a.m.

The Daily Record strives to be fair and accurate in its reporting.

Turnovers, penalties tame Tigers in conference opener

posted: 09/27/2009 8:47 a.m.

West Fork's defense of its 2008 4-4 A Conference title started inauspiciously Friday night at Pottsville.

Elks regrouping after loss in 1-3A opener

posted: 09/27/2009 8:45 a.m.

Traveling to Lavaca, a semifinalist in last year's Class 3A playoffs, was a tough enough task for Elkins in Friday's 1-3 A Conference opener.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

posted: 09/27/2009 8:41 a.m.

Notes for clubs and organizations in Benton County for September 27, 2009.

Lady'Backs soccer falls in SEC opener

posted: 09/27/2009 8:39 a.m.

Arkansas was one player short for the final 25 minutes of Friday's Southeastern Conference opener and still gave up just one goal to Tennessee, but the one score was enough for the Lady Volunteers to record a 1-0 victory at Razorback Field.

TeachSmart system comes to Decatur

posted: 09/27/2009 8:38 a.m.

On a recent Monday morning a group of eager students in Debra Weingar's pre-kindergarten class sat on a colorful rug in front of a new SMART Board.

October still a busy month at Beaver Lake

posted: 09/27/2009 8:37 a.m.

Many tourists are still expected to come to Beaver Lake in October, said Alan Bland, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sports Briefs

posted: 09/27/2009 8:36 a.m.

Sports briefs for Washington County for September 27, 2009.

BHS to hold blood drive Oct. 26

posted: 09/27/2009 8:34 a.m.

A Halloween-themed blood drive is being held at Bentonville High School and the community is invited to participate, the BHS Student Council announced Friday.

Preventive care can prevent soaring health-care costs

posted: 09/27/2009 8:32 a.m.

As the health-care reform debate roars through town-hall meetings and radio airwaves, a more fundamental revolution is quietly taking place: the paradigm shift from reactive to proactive health care. The American ingenuity that brought us airplanes, artificial hearts and, yes, even Astroturf is discovering ways to help people live longer, healthier lives.

Reckonings : It's easy being green.

posted: 09/27/2009 8:31 a.m.

So, have you enjoyed the debate over health care reform? Have you been impressed by the civility of the discussion and the intellectual honesty of reform opponents?

OUR VIEW : Fairly forgettable

posted: 09/27/2009 8:28 a.m.

After a disappointing first two years at its new digs in Vaughn, the Benton County Fair needed to shine in 2009. It needed to be the kind of family event that would thoroughly delight visitors and make them eager to return for the 2010 edition. In short, it needed a comeback.

Playground favorite : A NORTHWEST ARKANSAS KICKBALL LEAGUE FOR ADULTS RECENTLY CREATED IN SPRINGDALE

posted: 09/27/2009 8:26 a.m.

A childhood recess game has graduated into adulthood. Northwest Arkansas adults, male and female, now have the opportunity to participate in the game of kickball. They can stand on the home plate of a baseball field and kick the familiar red inflatable rubber ball rolled toward them. When playing as an adult, the throws are likely harder and screams from teammates in the dugout are louder. Kickball has officially grown up.

The Rundown : Pictures can be worth 1,000 complaints

posted: 09/27/2009 8:24 a.m.

The photo captured a moment of your typical child at play: A 7-year-old girl climbing a soccer goal before her game at Bentonville's Memorial Park. The photo was snapped by Daily Record photographer Sarah Nader, and it ran inside our paper on Sept. 18.

THE ROCKWOOD FILES : When allergies attack, it means it's the season for sneezin'

posted: 09/27/2009 8:22 a.m.

Like most teenagers, I spent the better part of my high school career being annoyed with my parents. My mother, in particular, had a very irritating habit. Each year at about this time, she would start sneezing. And she would sneeze long sequences of sneezes - sometimes 10 in a row, barely coming up for air.

The irreplaceable Irving

posted: 09/27/2009 8:20 a.m.

Irving Kristol, who passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 89, was like everyone's favorite uncle - if the uncle were a transformative intellectual of empyrean stature. He was both a warm and approachable human being and a penetrating social critic. He was, in a very American way, a practical man, and his approach to ideas was always firmly and refreshingly reality-based.

Northwest Arkansas FACES

posted: 09/27/2009 8:19 a.m.

Essay contest open to children The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Radio Disney are inviting Arkansas students to enter the annual "A Historic Moment in Arkansas" essay invitational.

The Afghan imperative

posted: 09/27/2009 8:16 a.m.

Always there is the illusion of the easy path. Always there is the illusion, which gripped Donald Rumsfeld and now grips many Democrats, that you can fight a counterinsurgency war with a light footprint, with cruise missiles, with special forces operations and unmanned drones. Always there is the illusion, deep in the bones of the Pentagon's Old Guard, that you can fight a force like the Taliban by keeping your troops mostly in bases, and then sending them out in well-armored convoys to kill bad guys.

Right Turn : Glenn Beck explained

posted: 09/27/2009 8:14 a.m.

"They would not listen, they're not listening still, "Perhaps they never will." - Don McLean, "Vincent" Radio and TV commentator Glenn Beck was mentioned three times in separate opinion columns on the same day and in an article the next day in The New York Times, possibly a record for someone who does not hold elective office.

POETRY : Lyell Thompson to perform Mark Twain monologues for OPWC

posted: 09/27/2009 8:12 a.m.

When Lyell Thompson wears his Mark Twain garb, some say he bears an uncanny resemblance to the revered writer. Please join Ozark Poets and Writers Collective when we have Thompson perform his famous "Mark Twain monologues" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hammontree's at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

READER THUMBS LINE

posted: 09/27/2009 8:11 a.m.

Welcome to Reader Thumbs Line, where readers determine the ups and downs. If you have a submission for a future column, send us an e-mail to thumbsline@nwanews. com or write to us at Thumbs Line, The Benton County Daily Record, P.O. Box 929, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Military Briefs

posted: 09/27/2009 8:10 a.m.

Military briefs for September 27, 2009.

CARDS

posted: 09/27/2009 8:09 a.m.

Pat's Bridge Club Winners for Sept. 16 were Mary Teresa Mercer, first; Ron Rolfe, second; Bob Hudgens, third; and E.J. Miller, fourth.

ANNIVERSARY : Satterlees celebrate 40th

posted: 09/27/2009 8:07 a.m.

Bob and Norma Satterlee of Rogers will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sept. 30.

ENGAGEMENTS

posted: 09/27/2009 8:06 a.m.

Engagements in Washington County for September 27, 2009.

ANNIVERSARY : Andrews mark 50th

posted: 09/27/2009 8:03 a.m.

Lyle and Shirley Andrew of Bella Vista will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 22.

Pick ornamental gourds before a freeze

posted: 09/27/2009 8:02 a.m.

Question: When should I pick ornamental gourds?

Focus on the Family : Key to good parenting is beyond explanation

posted: 09/27/2009 8 a.m.

QUESTION: What does behavioral research tell us about the best way to raise children? Have scientific studies spelled out what works and what doesn't, especially regarding how to discipline properly?

Things that go bump Arkansas parks and tourism department announces Web site featuring haunted places

posted: 09/27/2009 7:48 a.m.

If you have nerves of steel, explore the new "Haunted Arkansas" Web section www.Arkansas. com/haunted - unveiled just in time for Halloween.

The Rockford Files : The season for sneezin'

posted: 09/27/2009 7:47 a.m.

Like most teenagers, I spent the better part of my high-school career being annoyed with my parents. My mother, in particular, had a very irritating habit. Each year at about this time, she would start sneezing. And she would sneeze long sequences of sneezes - sometimes 10 in a row, barely coming up for air.

ANNIVERSARY : The Couches

posted: 09/27/2009 7:46 a.m.

Wanda and Carl Couch of Fayetteville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 12, 2009, in Branson, Mo., with family and friends.

Fair barely there Less rides + more rain = Low attendance

posted: 09/27/2009 7:44 a.m.

For the second consecutive year, attendance at the Benton County Fair was down, thanks in part to the weather and in part to fewer carnival rides.

Library Checkout

posted: 09/27/2009 7:44 a.m.

Fayetteville Public Library The Fayetteville Public Library is located at 401 W. Mountain St. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For details, call 856-7000, or visit www. faylib.org.

Family fun Bikes, Blues & BBQ visitors appreciate safe, friendly fun

posted: 09/27/2009 7:33 a.m.

Visitors and local residents attending Fayetteville's 10th annual Bike Blues & BBQ rally said they enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere and appreciate the lack of problems and troublemakers. Several people at the rally they enjoy looking at all the different types of motorcycles, watching people, eating barbecue and listening to music. Some said they are glad bikers can ride up and down Dickson Street because some places don't allow this.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/27/2009 6:55 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/27/2009 6:54 a.m.

Justices uphold murder conviction The state Supreme Court affirmed Thursday the conviction of Robert Lee Williams Jr. in the slaying of James "Booger Red" Cummings, a popular Nevada County produce seller.

Divorces

posted: 09/27/2009 6:51 a.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk's office from Sept. 17-23.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/27/2009 6:51 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There's more than just academics at stake. It's basically systemic poverty." Misty Newcomb, the superintendent of the proposed Prism Education Center in Fayetteville on the need for charter schools in the area Article, 1B.

Lake's E. coli test results delayed

posted: 09/27/2009 6:50 a.m.

Difficulties in melding new leadership at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources appear to have contributed to delays in reporting E. coli test results at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Government meetings

posted: 09/27/2009 6:50 a.m.

Monday Washington County Water Authority, 1 p.m.

Wrightsville gets new mayor

posted: 09/27/2009 6:49 a.m.

Dressed in a three-button, navy-blue suit with a crisp white shirt and bold red power tie, McKinzie "Mack" Riley beamed Saturday afternoon as he was sworn in as the third mayor of Wrightsville.

Amid pressure, Iran invites U.N. to look

posted: 09/27/2009 6:48 a.m.

Iran will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to inspect a newly revealed and still unfinished uranium enrichment facility, the country's nuclear chief said on state television Saturday.

LR planners work on $3 million budget shortfall

posted: 09/27/2009 6:47 a.m.

Abandoning a University Avenue extension project would save Little Rock $1.1 million of more than $3 million city officials anticipate being short by the end of the year.

NATIONAL LEAGUE St. Louis clinches division

posted: 09/27/2009 6:47 a.m.

Matt Holliday celebrated another playoff clincher at Coors Field, only this time it was with the St. Louis Cardinals and not the Colorado Rockies.

On lottery's first day, who will play?

posted: 09/27/2009 6:46 a.m.

Arkansas' lottery starts selling tickets Monday, and so Terry Cook of Trumann plans to stop making nearly 40-mile trips to Cardwell, where she's been buying Missouri lottery tickets every few months.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP: AAA 400 Martin makes 50 look like just another number

posted: 09/27/2009 6:45 a.m.

The oldest driver in Sprint Cup happens to be the best one in the sport this season. He's won more races than Tony Stewart. Has more poles than Jimmie Johnson.

MOTOR SPORTS ROUNDUP Quarrel eclipses Bowyer's victory

posted: 09/27/2009 6:45 a.m.

Clint Bowyer raced to his second Nationwide Series victory of the season Saturday, taking the lead with 83 laps to go on the concrete at Dover International Speedway.

WEEK 5 GAMES

posted: 09/27/2009 6:44 a.m.

THURSDAY 5A-SOUTHEAST Mills at Sylvan Hills, 7:30 p.m.

REGIONAL RACING CALENDAR

posted: 09/27/2009 6:44 a.m.

27 Remmel Dam Landing on Lake Catherine, Smokin' on the Cove, drag boats, $10,000 to win 6-second class, $5,000 to win 7-second class, $4,000 to win 8-second class, $3,000 to win 9-second class OCTOBER 2-3 Malden (Mo.) Speedway, Rislone.

NO. 3 ALABAMA 35, ARKANSAS 7: Engulfed by Tide

posted: 09/27/2009 6:43 a.m.

Alabama used a little trickery, three big plays and a big, bruising defensive effort to subdue Arkansas on a soggy Saturday afternoon.

WEEK 4 RESULTS

posted: 09/27/2009 6:43 a.m.

FRIDAY CLASS 7A 7A-CENTRAL Bryant 21, LR Catholic 13 Cabot 38, Conway 21 North Little Rock 28, Russellville 20 Van Buren 28, LR Central 24 7A-WEST Bentonville 45, Fayetteville 10 FS Southside 38, Rogers 21 Rogers Heritage 24, FS Northside 21 Springdale Har-Ber 29, Springdale 3.

All eyes on Vick as he makes return with Eagles

posted: 09/27/2009 6:42 a.m.

Michael Vick will put on his No. 7 jersey instead of a snazzy suit. He'll be on the field instead of watching from a luxury suite.

Favre feeling at home in the dome

posted: 09/27/2009 6:42 a.m.

Games indoors were often failures for Brett Favre in the early part of his career, particularly when his Green Bay Packers came to Minnesota's deafening dome.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE Red Wolves fumble, stumble in loss to Trojans

posted: 09/27/2009 6:41 a.m.

Arkansas State fans might have seen everything they expected from the two favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference.

100-YEAR WAR: Legendary pest gone from Arkansas fields

posted: 09/27/2009 6:40 a.m.

After more than a century of crawling across Arkansas cotton fields, the boll weevil, that storied symbol of agricultural woe, has been defeated.

SOUTHLAND Bears overcome mistakes against D-II foe

posted: 09/27/2009 6:40 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Bears weren't at their best Saturday night, but they didn't have to be against tiny Glenville State College.

Farmers digging Internet sales

posted: 09/27/2009 6:39 a.m.

David Dickey keeps busy. He harvests pumpkins from 20 acres at his farm in Tontitown, west of Springdale.

Hong Kong to see banned China book

posted: 09/27/2009 6:39 a.m.

A Hong Kong publisher best known for a memoir of the Chinese premier ousted for opposing a crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square is releasing a critique of authoritarian rule that is banned in mainland China.

Band looks into abyss, plays on

posted: 09/27/2009 6:38 a.m.

When considering the Dave Matthews Band, it's important to remember two things - while incidentally recalling that the group's initial album, released in 1993, was titled Remember Two Things.

GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE Ouachita Baptist topples top-10 team

posted: 09/27/2009 6:38 a.m.

Two weeks, two nationally ranked teams, two victories.

Comics get serious

posted: 09/27/2009 6:37 a.m.

Look! - in the sky for big news about comics, including what's up in Arkansas.

SWAC UAPB's offense struggles

posted: 09/27/2009 6:37 a.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's offense never really got going Saturday in a 28-7 loss to Alabama A&M before 4,414 in the rain at Louis Crews Stadium.

College football scoreboard

posted: 09/27/2009 6:36 a.m.

Scores EAST Albany, N.Y. 22, Sacred Heart 9 Albright 26, Pace 20 Alfred 49, Springfield 28 Amherst 21, Hamilton 12 Bloomsburg 28, C.W. Post 14 Boston College 27, Wake Forest 24, OT Bowdoin 50, Middlebury 35 Bridgewater.

Calendar

posted: 09/27/2009 6:35 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com SEPTEMBER 27 Team Bass tournament, Arkansas River, Dumas/Pendleton Bridge. Safe light to 3 p.m.

GOLF ROUNDUP Ochoa forges tie with 7-under 65

posted: 09/27/2009 6:35 a.m.

Topranked Lorena Ochoa birdied five of her last seven holes Saturday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the third-round lead with Sophie Gustafson in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

Pakistan bombings kill 16

posted: 09/27/2009 6:35 a.m.

Two suicide attacks killed 16 people and more than 150 were wounded in bombings in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, despite heightened military operations and the slaying of the Pakistani Taliban leader last month.

Election fury cited in Afghan death toll

posted: 09/27/2009 6:35 a.m.

Rising violence ahead of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election made August the deadliest month of the year for civilians, the United Nations said, warning in a new report that attacks could spike again when the final vote results are announced.

Brutal gangs suspected of infiltrating police Out of war, Iraq insurgents turn to crime

posted: 09/27/2009 6:34 a.m.

The kidnappers holding an Iraqi auto mechanic's 11-year-old son gave him just two days to come up with $100,000 in ransom. When he could not, they were just as quick to deliver their punishment: They chopped off the boy's head and hands and dumped his body in the garbage.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE Disability is the knot in tie that binds them

posted: 09/27/2009 6:34 a.m.

If you listen to the story of Miguel and Camillia "Cammy" Juarez closely enough, you may, if you're of a certain generation, begin to hear the rock ballad "Livin' on a Prayer."

Eight-man football worth a look

posted: 09/27/2009 6:33 a.m.

Imagine your team is 3-0 and set to begin the conference season at home, but there is no one to play.

High school report

posted: 09/27/2009 6:33 a.m.

Shiloh regains swagger Last week's loss to Greenwood took a toll on Shiloh Christian, but the Saints regained plenty of confidence and momentum Friday night with a 37-0 victory over Berryville in Springdale.

SPOTLIGHT LIZ ESCH and BO HICKMAN Chefs in the Garden branches out Oct. 8

posted: 09/27/2009 6:33 a.m.

Liz Esch and Bo Hickman love to cook and love to eat. One is a means to the other.

Rabbi Jacob Adler Worth a mensch-ion

posted: 09/27/2009 6:31 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: April 4, 1953, Providence, R.I. My obsession is to get crocuses to bloom from fall to spring without any gap in the winter. The chief tenet of my faith is to be aware of the presence of God.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Models, mutts mobilize for shelter, spay project

posted: 09/27/2009 6:30 a.m.

The lovely seldom go home lonely, particularly when the pick-up artist is a homeless pet.

Job seekers face daunting ratio: 6 hopefuls for every opening

posted: 09/27/2009 6:30 a.m.

Despite signs that the economy has resumed growing, unemployed Americans now confront a job market that is bleaker than ever in the current recession, and employment prospects are still getting worse.

Game day starts with voice of the TAILGATERS

posted: 09/27/2009 6:30 a.m.

The voice of the Razorbacks he's not. But a voice for the Razorbacks?

Ginny's Place is opened with a hoot and a holler

posted: 09/27/2009 6:29 a.m.

"Send her up here," ordered emcee Dick Trammel after repeated attempts to politely call forth his close friend, Virginia Mocivnik, the center of attention.

NORTHERN LIGHTS Sports Hall of Honor lauds eight inductees

posted: 09/27/2009 6:27 a.m.

It came from the lips of a South African, although it was echoed by standout quarterback Ron Calcagni and others.

NOTABLE NEIGHBOR Bullish about saving the farm

posted: 09/27/2009 6:27 a.m.

Curtis Moore learned to network showing cattle, and now he's a Facebooking, Twittering maven, working those social networking sites like a bull grazing a tasty field. So when he says he wants to save the American family farm, he's not talking Colonial Williamsburg.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/27/2009 6:26 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't know what they actually accomplished, but I'm glad it's over." Jeffrey Bauer, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Pittsburgh, speaking of the G-20 summit that shut down much of the city's downtown last week Article, 4A Medical-copter crash fatal to 3

Crankier python for Everglades?

posted: 09/27/2009 6:25 a.m.

As if one giant python weren't enough, a cluster of captures in a single square mile of west Miami-Dade has scientists worried about a new species spreading across South Florida.

WEDDING MELANIE CAITLIN PAIR CHAD ALAN HANEY

posted: 09/27/2009 6:25 a.m.

The Event Place was the setting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, for the marriage of Melanie Caitlin Pair and Chad Alan Haney. Prairie Grove Mayor Charles D. "Sonny" Hudson officiated.

Marriage licenses

posted: 09/27/2009 6:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY Stephen Jack Harris, 58, and Twila Jean Tannehill, 47, both of Fayetteville.

Date

posted: 09/27/2009 6:24 a.m.

Wednesday - The Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for a Cure will conduct its annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon at the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas and Hotel and Convention Center in Springdale.

Armani shows new collection

posted: 09/27/2009 6:23 a.m.

Giorgio Armani presented a bright and upbeat spring/summer 2010 collection Thursday during Milan Fashion Week, an apt response to speculation over succession at his Milan fashion house after the designer's recent illness.

Bridal policy

posted: 09/27/2009 6:23 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Northwest Arkansas bureau accepts engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements and photographs for free publication in Northwest Arkansas Profiles. Submissions can be made using our interactive online forms, by fax or by mail.

Growers look for tater to wow McDonald's

posted: 09/27/2009 6:22 a.m.

From the fields of Idaho to tasting rooms in suburban Chicago, potato farmers, researchers and industry representatives are in the midst of an elusive hunt: finding a new spud for McDonald's french fries.

NEW BUSINESS Spotlight The Cat Spa

posted: 09/27/2009 6:21 a.m.

Marie and Tom Watson get laughs from their friends when they tell them their new business is a cat house.

District in peril arranges bus ride

posted: 09/27/2009 6:21 a.m.

As a bus filled with legislators left the Deer school parking lot and headed down a mountain on a narrow dirt road into an oak-packed forest, an English teacher hollered from the back of the bus.

Swine flu vs. the globs

posted: 09/27/2009 6:21 a.m.

When Sandy Summers picks up her children - ages 6 and 10 - at elementary school, they're greeted with squirts of hand sanitizer.

Names and faces

posted: 09/27/2009 6:19 a.m.

Conan O'Brien is expected to be back on the job Monday after hitting his head during a Tonight Show stunt. NBC said in a statement Saturday that O'Brien was resting comfortably at home. The network says the accident Friday halted production of Tonight.

In the news

posted: 09/27/2009 6:19 a.m.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., delivering his party's weekly radio address, faulted President Barack Obama's health-care agenda, saying the president and congressional Democrats are rushing to pass "a massive overhaul that will raise [Americans' ] taxes, lower their quality of care and put government between them and their doctor."

TV news shows

posted: 09/27/2009 6:18 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows

Lutheran faction delays vote on split

posted: 09/27/2009 6:16 a.m.

Conservative members of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted Saturday to spend the next 12 months deciding whether to split from the church after it liberalized its stance on homosexual clergy.

Gadhafi cancels visit to Canada

posted: 09/27/2009 6:13 a.m.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has canceled a planned visit to Canada this week.

LIFELONG HEALTH Knowledge is vaccine for swine flu paranoia

posted: 09/27/2009 6:11 a.m.

Swine flu, or H1N1, is spreading across the country, primarily affecting children and young adults who cluster together in schools and colleges. This is leading to a heightened fear and paranoia about the virus, fears that may only get worse as the vaccine becomes available and doctors must ration who receives it.

The world in brief

posted: 09/27/2009 6:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "This new facility, God willing, will become operational soon and will blind the eyes of the enemies." Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, a close aide to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking of a recently revealed uranium enrichment site in the country

MALE CALL Cowboy boots on list of office do-not-wears

posted: 09/27/2009 6:07 a.m.

Q. It seems to me that some men just don't get it that there are some unusual clothing items out there in the world that may not be accepted in a business environment.

In one life, terror suspect was just doughnut guy

posted: 09/27/2009 6:06 a.m.

For years, he was a fixture in Lower Manhattan, as regular as the sunrise. Every morning, Najibullah Zazi would be there on Stone Street with his pastries and his coffee, his vending cart anchored to the New York City sidewalk.

Engagements

posted: 09/27/2009 6:05 a.m.

Britten Samuelson Gray, daughter of Penne Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Gray, all of Austin, Texas, and Scott McDonald Hardie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hardie of Rogers; May 8.

DEAR ABBY Woman needs to take sons and flee abusive husband

posted: 09/27/2009 5:54 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My husband berates and belittles me constantly.

LET'S TALK It's no fun to act our age at 50-plus

posted: 09/27/2009 5:51 a.m.

How does one grow old gracefully ?

Professors' textbook takes comics to college

posted: 09/27/2009 5:49 a.m.

Like Batman takes the Joker, The Power of Comics: History, Form & Culture takes comic books seriously - as straight-faced as a college thesis.

Pinocchio sticks nose in vampires' business

posted: 09/27/2009 5:46 a.m.

Pinocchio, the puppet boy, finds a new use for his ever-growing nose in Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer, the soon-tocome graphic novel from writer Van Jensen and artist Dusty Higgins.

THE TV COLUMN Arkansan joins Amazing Race; Burns epic airs

posted: 09/27/2009 5:45 a.m.

The big event on TV today is the premiere of Ken Burns' latest epic, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. It unfolds on PBS and AETN at 7 p.m. You can read all about it in today's TV Week.

TELL ME ABOUT IT: The give and take of gifts

posted: 09/27/2009 5:44 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have explained to my husband of 10 years that it is important to me that he take our 7-year-old son out to shop for gifts for my birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. Cost does not matter. Our son is an only child and has a lot of relatives, and he receives a lot of gifts.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/27/2009 5:43 a.m.

Happy birthday. You're excited and optimistic about this next phase of your life, and you should be. Healthy choices give you the energy and stamina to complete a mammoth assignment by the year's end. January brings peace and harmony to your home. The start of the year is extraordinarily romantic and involves a foreign land. Pisces and Leo people adore you.

Fugitive in cruelty case back in state

posted: 09/27/2009 5:43 a.m.

Tammy Christine Hanson was returned to Baxter County late Friday after nearly four years on the run in an animal-cruelty case that gained national notoriety.

TV ON DVD: British mystery series out in spiffy 19-disc collection

posted: 09/27/2009 5:42 a.m.

What is it? Foyle's War, sets 1-5, 19 100-minute episodes on 19 discs from Acorn Media.

The buzz

posted: 09/27/2009 5:40 a.m.

Sales of music have dropped by more than half in the past five years, 15 percent this year alone. So far.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Dance of India to tell a story

posted: 09/27/2009 5:39 a.m.

Kathakali, an Indian dance drama by Viswanath Kaladharan and Kalamandalam Shanmukhan, will open the 2009-10 season for Artspree, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's performing arts series, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave.

SPIN CYCLE: Hasselhoff is on the sauce? Guiding Light still burned?

posted: 09/27/2009 5:39 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of "All the News That's Fit to Razz" ... America's Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff was reportedly taken to the hospital recently due to alleged excessive drinking.

LISTEN UP: Jay-Z's great A-Z; a stale Donut; the Alarm sounds

posted: 09/27/2009 5:38 a.m.

Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 Roc Nation/Atlantic B+ It's customary that when an artist's previous album didn't live up to expectations, he revisits his greatest commercial or artistic success (Fat Joe's J.O.S.E. 2, Lil Wayne's The Carter 2 and 3, etc).

Obituaries

posted: 09/27/2009 5:34 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Another dose of Cyrus

posted: 09/27/2009 5:30 a.m.

Miley Cyrus The Time of Our Lives Hollywood Records Inc.

Math skill is needed for hotel's best 'deal'

posted: 09/27/2009 5:29 a.m.

I recently stumbled onto a report I dubbed "Hotel Confidential: What Innkeepers Won't Tell You About Pricing."

Walking uneven surfaces requires balanced outlook

posted: 09/27/2009 5:29 a.m.

Taking to Mother Nature's bounty with a degree of pleasure requires a singular task: to repeatedly put one's foot down solidly. Sounds simple.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Factory visits still provide most bang for tourist buck

posted: 09/27/2009 5:28 a.m.

If you're a senior citizen on a budget, you can't beat free for admission to a visitor attraction. Despite the lousy economy you can still find factories that allow you to see how the stuff you buy is made. Admission to most is free and the fees are nominal at the few that do charge.

POP NOTES: Bell's essential Cosmos gets new life on Rhino

posted: 09/27/2009 5:28 a.m.

"Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos" It's one of those songs that just reaches out and punches you in the chest; a song so naked and raw that you're almost embarrassed for the singer, who sounds utterly hurt and exposed, yet you can't not listen because the thing is just drop-dead gorgeous. It's the sound of a heart slowly breaking.

Other days

posted: 09/27/2009 5:27 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1909 Having failed to comply with the conditions required by the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Fund, the State Normal School at Conway will not receive the $10,000 gift offered by the board in the event that an agricultural school should be established in connection with the Conway institution.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Traveling lightly is freeing in a great number of ways

posted: 09/27/2009 5:27 a.m.

Wearing a green T-shirt under a blue work shirt, I'm about to depart for Europe. At my farewell breakfast - one last eggs-any-style - my stylish, college-age daughter says to me, "You look like a scrub. OK if you're painting a house."

Mighty Maginot

posted: 09/27/2009 5:25 a.m.

In the 1930s the Maginot Line was viewed as a military marvel, an impregnable network of underground fortifications stretching along France's border with Germany - from Belgium to Switzerland - designed to stop the Nazi onslaught and prevent a repeat of the bloody trench warfare of World War I.

State bankers raise concerns about agency

posted: 09/27/2009 5:24 a.m.

Arkansas bankers are leery of proposed congressional legislation that could mean additional layers of regulation for financial institutions, some of the state's banking experts say.

Comic, graphic novel creators do some heavy lifting these days

posted: 09/27/2009 5:23 a.m.

Great Caesar's ghost! Many of today's comics are nothing like yesterday's escapist adventures of superheroes and zany antics of funny animals.

Maus, Flotsam authors set to speak at Hendrix

posted: 09/27/2009 5:23 a.m.

Comics artist and editor Art Spiegelman will speak Oct. 6 at Hendrix College in Conway on "Comix 101.1: The Development of a Literary Comic Genre." The free talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium, part of the college's Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language, co-sponsored by the Crain-Maling Jewish Cultural Center.

FDIC watched 'hot money' accrue at now-failed bank

posted: 09/27/2009 5:22 a.m.

New Frontier Bank, the largest lender in northern Colorado, had a lot to be proud of in early 2007. Assets had grown by 66 percent the previous year and profits by 53 percent. American Banker, the industry newspaper, rated the bank the ninth-most efficient in the country.

Rolled over: Tide's big plays, defense lead to Hogs' demise

posted: 09/27/2009 5:22 a.m.

Bobby Petrino had seen it before. So when he noticed the execution problems on the field he reached a conclusion - Arkansas didn't actually believe it could beat No. 3 Alabama on the road.

LIKE IT IS Razorbacks' reality: They're 0-2 in SEC

posted: 09/27/2009 5:20 a.m.

Alabama probably isn't quite as good as it was last year, and Arkansas is probably a little better, but there was no doubt Saturday which one was the better team.

Oil industry roused by series of major finds

posted: 09/27/2009 5:19 a.m.

The oil industry has been on a hot streak this year, thanks to a series of major discoveries that have rekindled a sense of excitement across the petroleum sector, despite falling prices and a tough economy.

Banks ignored crisis warnings, IMF says

posted: 09/27/2009 5:17 a.m.

The Federal Reserve and other central banks made a mistake by ignoring warning signs of an asset bubble brewing in residential real estate and complex securities markets earlier in this decade, the International Monetary Fund said last week.

World fish milestone expected

posted: 09/27/2009 5:16 a.m.

By the end of this year, the world is projected to reach an unheralded but historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish consumed by humans will be raised by humans rather than caught in the wild.

SUVs, trucks among top Clunker buys

posted: 09/27/2009 5:10 a.m.

Small cars with big mileage numbers weren't the only big sellers under the Cash for Clunkers program, despite the federal government's focus on replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Finding the lost city

posted: 09/27/2009 5:09 a.m.

In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett ventured into the Amazon, vowing to make one of the most important archeological discoveries in history. He was searching for an ancient civilization, which he had named, simply, the City of Z.

COLUMN ONE: One-man revolution

posted: 09/27/2009 5:06 a.m.

"When the wheat is ripening properly, when the wind is blowing across the field, you can hear the beards of the wheat rubbing together. They sound like the pine needles in a forest. It is a sweet, whispering music that once you hear, you never forget." -Norman Borlaug It could have been the picture on some tattered old travel poster blowing in the wind: Visit Mexico in the Fall.

A part of Arkansas in D.C.

posted: 09/27/2009 5:04 a.m.

Washington, D.C., is a city of grand monuments, but none more so than the obelisk in memory of America's first president, George Washington. Standing 555 feet high, the monument is a beautiful and imposing sight. Arkansans contributed both much needed money and memorial stones to the building of the monument.

Anatomy of a smear

posted: 09/27/2009 5:02 a.m.

MIKE ROSS understands why he's been targeted. "When you're in the eye of the storm," the congressman from this state's Fourth Congressional District noted the other day, "they come after you." This time the storm is the raging debate over Americans' health care and how to pay for it.

The overdraft scam

posted: 09/27/2009 5 a.m.

Reforming the nation's financial regulatory system, which Congress is expected to take up later this year and early next year, is shaping up as a huge hairball, replete with special interest groups, feuding bureaucrats, television ad campaigns and massive amounts of campaign contributions.

Cool, dude

posted: 09/27/2009 4:58 a.m.

It is just us, or are others wondering where the summer went? Now that it's officially autumn, we feel safe in saying this aloud: Summer appeared at the first of June, re-appeared for a weekend in August, but other than that it hasn't been much seen.

Off the wire

posted: 09/27/2009 4:57 a.m.

FOOTBALL Colts missing two defenders Middle linebacker Gar y Brackett and cornerback Kelvin Hayden did not travel with the Indianapolis Colts to Arizona, where the Colts will play the Cardinals tonight.

COMMENTARY Talking trash frivolous yet harmless

posted: 09/27/2009 4:56 a.m.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly. . .

Second thoughts

posted: 09/27/2009 4:56 a.m.

Montana: NFL QBs snap to it Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana says quarterbacks can't ride Shotgun to the NFL.

Detour from the high road

posted: 09/27/2009 4:55 a.m.

Who would have dreamed of arguing that holding elected officials to a higher standard would be unconstitutional?

Perry sets mood with birdie run

posted: 09/27/2009 4:53 a.m.

Kenny Perry already has had a week to remember at the Tour Championship.

LETTERS

posted: 09/27/2009 4:52 a.m.

Debate isn't about reform The national debate over health care has nothing to do with health care. It is about power and control.

Playing the race card

posted: 09/27/2009 4:52 a.m.

It was only a matter of time before the supporters of Barack Obama would begin to accuse his opponents of racism.

Salute to a hero

posted: 09/27/2009 4:51 a.m.

Ireceived an e-mail last week from my late mother's brother, John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison. It was the first e-mail from my uncle that I can recall.

Week 3 NFL capsules

posted: 09/27/2009 4:50 a.m.

RB Larry Johnson has averaged 92.8 yards rushing in starts against NFC. ... Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid is 16-6 against rookie head coaches. WR/PR DeSean Jackson is first Eagles player to have touchdowns of at least 70 yards in first two games since RB Tim Brown in 1962.

NFL Arkansans

posted: 09/27/2009 4:49 a.m.

HE SAID IT "I just backed off him. I thought his leg was fatigued; it's not a structural problem.

RECRUITING: Northside receiver drawing notice as a sophomore

posted: 09/27/2009 4:42 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside fell to Rogers Heritage 24-21 on Friday night at Mayo-Thompson Stadium, but Northside wide receiver Shaquille Jones did everything he could to help the Grizzlies.

Alabama 35, Arkansas 7

posted: 09/27/2009 4:22 a.m.

The battle of field position favored Arkansas early, as Brandon Barnett's 21-yard return on a short kickoff and a rushing first down by Michael Smith helped the Hogs reach Alabama territory.

Scoring summary

posted: 09/27/2009 4:22 a.m.

SECOND QUARTER Alabama TIME 10:13 (3:14 time of possession) SCORING PLAY Trent Richardson ran 52 yards for a touchdown on second-and-5. Leigh Tiffin kicked the extra point.

Instant replay

posted: 09/27/2009 4:20 a.m.

Arkansas has been penalized nearly the length of two football fields in its past two games.

Tide disrupt Mallett's flow

posted: 09/27/2009 4:18 a.m.

It's a safe bet Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett won't be leading the nation in pass efficiency again this week.

McElroy turns in 'explosive' effort

posted: 09/27/2009 4:16 a.m.

Greg McElroy became the latest Alabama quarterback to enjoy a career day against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Tebow KO'd in Gators' victory

posted: 09/27/2009 4:02 a.m.

With one scary hit on Tim Tebow, No. 1 Florida's season may have changed.

BIG TEN/ MID-AMERICAN Another upset of Penn State for Iowa

posted: 09/27/2009 4:02 a.m.

Iowa slugged out an ugly victory in soggy Happy Valley to upset Penn State for the second consecutive year.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE LSU makes stand nearly by foot

posted: 09/27/2009 4:01 a.m.

LSU Coach Les Miles saw his team make a bunch of big plays against Mississippi State. He'll have to go to the film to see the biggest, though.

ATLANTIC COAST/BIG EAST Hokies hound quarterback, cool off Hurricanes

posted: 09/27/2009 3:59 a.m.

Jacory Harris planned to play it cool against Virginia Tech.

Green's big effort blocks Sun Devils

posted: 09/27/2009 3:59 a.m.

Blair Walsh kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play and No. 21 Georgia escaped an upset, beating Arizona State 20-17 Saturday on another big night for A.J. Green.

BIG 12/CONFERENCE USA Aggies get rush, pass from QB

posted: 09/27/2009 3:59 a.m.

Jerrod Johnson tied a Texas A&M quarterback record with three rushing touchdowns and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Aggies to a 56-19 victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday night.

PACIFIC-10/MOUNTAIN WEST Masoli gives Ducks reason to quack

posted: 09/27/2009 3:58 a.m.

To Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, taking criticism is part of the job. So is disproving it.

Bargain hunting

posted: 09/27/2009 3:57 a.m.

Last week, I endorsed a couple of shotguns for hunting ducks, turkeys and small game in Arkansas.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN Shooting down turkey season just a beginning

posted: 09/27/2009 3:57 a.m.

In 1997, citing declining numbers of lesser prairie chickens, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission voted to close the hunting season for prairie chickens.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL Red Wolves defeat Ragin' Cajuns Sophomore Cayla Fielder and freshman Brittany Hoag had 12 kills each as visiting Arkansas State (11-5, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) beat Louisiana-Lafayette 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 on Saturday. Louisiana-Lafayette fell to 6-10 and 0-1.

Seminoles stunned at home

posted: 09/27/2009 3:56 a.m.

South Florida fans didn't want to leave. Not even after more than three hours of sitting in 90-degree weather.

Saturday, September 26

Tide rolls over Razorbacks 35-7

posted: 09/26/2009 6:03 p.m.

Alabama had three touchdowns of 50 or more yards, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide shut down the Arkansas Razorbacks for a 35-7 victory Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Officials: Terror suspect planned NYC 9/11 echo

posted: 09/26/2009 8:08 a.m.

An Afghan immigrant was on the verge of unleashing a terrorist attack on New York City on the Sept. 11 anniversary but was scared off after drawing suspicion from police, prosecutors said Friday as they provided new details about how far along the plot was.

Atkins, Manson follower, dies at 61

posted: 09/26/2009 8:07 a.m.

Susan Atkins, the teenage runaway who joined Charles Manson's cult "family" and helped carry out eight killings in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, has died. She was 61.

Two tried to set off bombs, FBI alleges

posted: 09/26/2009 8:05 a.m.

Two men were in custody Friday after each tried to blow up what they thought were vehicles packed with explosives outside a Texas skyscraper and an Illinois courthouse, authorities said.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi signals shift on sanctions

posted: 09/26/2009 8:03 a.m.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is willing to work with Burma's military government on getting Western sanctions against the country lifted but needs to be allowed to gather more information about the matter first, her lawyer said Friday.

Kennedy fill-in greeted warmly, sworn in

posted: 09/26/2009 8:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Former Democratic Party Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. stepped in Friday as the temporary replacement in the Senate for his longtime friend, the late Edward Kennedy.

Ex-Israeli premier Olmert's trial starts

posted: 09/26/2009 8:02 a.m.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appeared in court Friday for the opening of his trial on charges of corruption.

Honduran leaders put top stakes on fair race

posted: 09/26/2009 8:01 a.m.

Honduras's interim leaders are betting the country can vote its way out of a coup, even as presidential candidates struggle to campaign amid nationwide curfews and political turmoil.

Healed bald eagle to be set free [Video]

posted: 09/26/2009 8 a.m.

Lynn Sciumbato, a meek woman with a compact frame, bravely climbs into enclosed spaces with sharp-taloned wild birds that outsize many family dogs.

'Sanctions illegal,' Mugabe grouses

posted: 09/26/2009 8 a.m.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe slammed the United States and Europe on Friday for what he called "filthy clandestine antics" for keeping economic sanctions clamped on his authoritarian nation, even though he now presides over a coalition government.

Competition abundant for bypass funds

posted: 09/26/2009 7:58 a.m.

The Bella Vista bypass has plenty of competition for a federal economic stimulus grant, but not as much as some people thought it was going to have.

Convict sneaks out of court; last seen going to Fayetteville rally

posted: 09/26/2009 7:57 a.m.

Washington County sheriff's deputies were continuing to search Friday for a local man who walked away from the courthouse as jurors were deliberating a prison sentence recommendation following his conviction of threatening to kill his teenage son.

Health-care lapses assailed at meeting

posted: 09/26/2009 7:56 a.m.

Members of minority groups and the poor face more disabilities, sickness and early death because of inequities in the health-care system and within communities, the medical director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission said during a health and wellness symposium Friday.

FAYETTEVILLE: Motorcycle builders display custom bikes [Video]

posted: 09/26/2009 7:55 a.m.

How fast, how far and how much are some of the key questions for a custom bike.

LOGAN COUNTY: Wife, son tell court man shot boyfriend

posted: 09/26/2009 7:54 a.m.

Heather Balasco couldn't take in the reality of the scene of her estranged husband standing over her lover and pumping bullets into his head, she told a Logan County Circuit Court jury Friday.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/26/2009 7:53 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe and a team of economic advisers will visit London, Paris and Hamburg, Germany, next month as part of a nearly $100,000 week-long attempt to find investment and jobs for Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/26/2009 7:51 a.m.

An obituary with expanded information or for residents of other counties in Arkansas can be placed by funeral homes for a fee. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.

4 in state charged with harboring illegal aliens

posted: 09/26/2009 7:50 a.m.

Four business owners face federal charges related to harboring illegal aliens who were paid to catch chickens.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/26/2009 7:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "You'll pass Elvis in third gear.This thing hunts." Shannon "Shoe" Gower, owner of Hotshoe Custom Motorcycles, about his custom made bike named "Turbodacious."

Monster Garage star rolls into town

posted: 09/26/2009 7:47 a.m.

Among the thousands of bikers cruising through the hills of Northwest Arkansas this week is Jesse Gregory James of West Coast Choppers fame, as well as the TV shows Monster Garage and, more recently, Jesse James is a Dead Man.

Ford plans 3rd plant in China for compacts

posted: 09/26/2009 7:46 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it plans to spend $490 million on building a third assembly plant in China, ramping up production to meet surging demand in this fast-growing market as the U.S. automaker expands in Asia.

N.J. client of UBS pleads guilty to cloaking assets

posted: 09/26/2009 7:45 a.m.

A New Jersey client of the international banking giant UBS AG has pleaded guilty to concealing more than $6 million in assets in Swiss bank accounts.

Betsey Wright's pals rally for her legal fund

posted: 09/26/2009 7:42 a.m.

Three of Betsey Wright's former co-workers from her days as Bill Clinton's gubernatorial chief of staff are raising money for her legal defense.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Rockies beat Cards in ninth

posted: 09/26/2009 7:40 a.m.

The Colorado Rockies put a damper on Matt Holliday's homecoming along with the hopes of all the teams chasing them for the National League wild card.

BBQ abundance : Barbecue aspect of rally continues to grow.

posted: 09/26/2009 7:38 a.m.

What's your pleasure? Tender ribs falling off the bone? Pulled pork piled high on the bun? Stacked beef brisket with a side of slaw? Or perhaps some smoked chicken with all the fixin's?

Falcons GM following Patriots' plan for success

posted: 09/26/2009 7:37 a.m.

Thomas Dimitroff hesitates to give the New England Patriots too much credit for his success as general manager in Atlanta.

Cowboys owner moving forward

posted: 09/26/2009 7:35 a.m.

Owner Jerry Jones says it would be a mistake to put too much emphasis on the Dallas Cowboys losing the first game in their new stadium.

Effort to keep Hayes jailed for trial failed

posted: 09/26/2009 7:35 a.m.

Prosecutors tried to keep Terry Hayes in jail earlier this year, but an apparently scared key witness lost his nerve during a bond hearing and walked off the stand.

Power backs still around at LSU, MSU

posted: 09/26/2009 7:33 a.m.

Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon and Charles Scott of LSU are a pair of power runners in the age of the spread offense.

NWACC dedicates expanded Springdale center

posted: 09/26/2009 7:32 a.m.

When NorthWest Arkansas Community College's Washington County Center first opened in January 2004, it had 198 students and two classrooms.

UCA's Park an old hand at playing QB

posted: 09/26/2009 7:31 a.m.

In just his second game as a full-time starting quarterback, Central Arkansas quarterback Robbie Park managed to do what Nathan Brown and Andy Rogers couldn't.

Committee to consider candidates for fire chief

posted: 09/26/2009 7:29 a.m.

Thirty-one applications for Fayetteville's fire chief include four current Fayetteville firefighters and many out-of-state candidates. Applications had to be received or postmarked by Monday.

'Cats follow the 'hogs' in rout

posted: 09/26/2009 7:28 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber used a power running game Friday to defeat rival Springdale for the third consecutive season.

Accidentally making his point

posted: 09/26/2009 7:27 a.m.

County Judge Dave Bisbee pulled his seat closer to the table and, with both hands, opened a bag containing food from Sonic. Next to him, comptroller Richard McComas had already put out his food, put a straw in his drink.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/26/2009 7:27 a.m.

Events in Washington County for September 26, 2009.

Fort Smith Southside fights off Rogers

posted: 09/26/2009 7:24 a.m.

The Rogers Mounties just ran out of answers Friday night.

Missouri man captured after two-county chase

posted: 09/26/2009 7:24 a.m.

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. - Deputies from two states careened around the narrow, curvy roads of northeastern Benton County and southern Barry County, Mo., as they attempted to stop a pickup truck which fled from a deputy trying to make a traffic stop.

Haskell too much for Fayetteville

posted: 09/26/2009 7:23 a.m.

Fayetteville didn't have an answer for Bentonville tailback Courtney Haskell.

Heritage claims 1st league victory

posted: 09/26/2009 7:22 a.m.

Rogers Heritage and its prolific offense was rescued by its defense Friday night.

Jenkins' TD run lifts Van Buren

posted: 09/26/2009 7:21 a.m.

Different surface, same result.

BBQ abundance : Barbecue aspect of rally continues to grow.

posted: 09/26/2009 7:21 a.m.

What's your pleasure? Tender ribs falling off the bone? Pulled pork piled high on the bun? Stacked beef brisket with a side of slaw? Or perhaps some smoked chicken with all the fixin's ?

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/26/2009 7:21 a.m.

Obituaries & Death Notices for September 26, 2009.

Greenwood makes the most of its opportunity

posted: 09/26/2009 7:20 a.m.

Touchdown, interception, touchdown.

Winston too much for Siloam Springs

posted: 09/26/2009 7:16 a.m.

The start of games doesn't get much better than the one Greenbrier had Friday.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/26/2009 7:16 a.m.

Obituaries for September 26, 2009.

Schools get atypical options for PE class

posted: 09/26/2009 7:11 a.m.

This year, students in some area schools will have the opportunity to bicycle, go in-line skating and learn kayaking during their physical education classes.

Vilonia prevails at home

posted: 09/26/2009 7:10 a.m.

Sophomores James Sax, Trey Lewis and Jake Weidmier had 268 rushing yards and three touchdowns combined to help the Vilonia Eagles to a 30-10 victory over the Harrison Goblins in the 5A-West Conference opener Friday night at Weaver Stadium.

Airedales following QB's lead

posted: 09/26/2009 7:09 a.m.

Alma Coach Todd Dilbeck calls 5-5 senior quarterback Burke Broadfoot the team's silent leader.

Shiloh Christian slams Berryville

posted: 09/26/2009 7:08 a.m.

Shiloh Christian used pinpoint accuracy to reverse its fortune Friday night.

Times Editorial : Let the games begin

posted: 09/26/2009 7:06 a.m.

Come early Monday morning (12:01 a.m., to be exact) Arkansas will begin its transformation from one of the few remaining states that don't allow lotteries into a state where games of chance are finally legal.

Charleston wins 18th in a row

posted: 09/26/2009 7:06 a.m.

Mansfield is definitely for real, but it takes a surreal effort to take down Charleston.

Bisbee gives OK for tax distribution

posted: 09/26/2009 7:06 a.m.

Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee signed an order Friday granting permission for the distribution of $1.4 million to the appropriate taxing entities.

Mistakes pile up, don't stop Cardinals

posted: 09/26/2009 7:04 a.m.

In a sloppy 1-4 A Conference opener Friday, Farmington played a little cleaner than Gentry.

Formal charges filed in Buckley murder case

posted: 09/26/2009 7:04 a.m.

Prosecutors filed formal charges Friday against two men for their alleged roles in killing and then disposing of 54-year-old Billy Ray Buckley's body.

Soehner's big night lifts Prairie Grove

posted: 09/26/2009 7:03 a.m.

Timely defense and a stellar performance from running back Thomas Soehner proved to be a winning combination for Prairie Grove as the Tigers defeated Huntsville 49-30 Friday night.

MODERN TIMES : Here we go again

posted: 09/26/2009 7:03 a.m.

Many any good people worked for the FHS millage increase. There can be no joy over itsdefeat. Shortly after the vote, School Board President Susan Heil wisely stated that she hopes people who voted against it will participate in future discussions. As one who voted, reluctantly, against the millage, I'm happy to comply. For further thoughts, see my previous eight articles on this topic at physics.uark.edu/hobson/.

Community notes

posted: 09/26/2009 7:02 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 26, 2009.

A&M's offense leading nation

posted: 09/26/2009 7 a.m.

Texas A&M's offense has quickly evolved from one of the worst in the country to the best.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/26/2009 7 a.m.

Letters the editor for Washington County for September 26, 2009.

ALL THUMBS

posted: 09/26/2009 6:59 a.m.

Appearing each Saturday, "All Thumbs" is The Benton County Daily Record's take on the people, events and issues deserving a "thumbs up" for a noteworthy accomplishment or good deed or a "thumbs down" for magnificent failure or just general stupidity.

LETTERS

posted: 09/26/2009 6:58 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 26, 2009.

Penn State gets first tough test

posted: 09/26/2009 6:57 a.m.

People keep asking the Penn State Nittany Lions if they want revenge against Iowa.

Hokies' defense braces for resurgent Hurricanes

posted: 09/26/2009 6:56 a.m.

Miami already has one huge road victory on its resume.

Religion Briefs

posted: 09/26/2009 6:56 a.m.

Religion briefs for Washington County for September 26, 2009.

OTHER OPINIONS : Hog heaven

posted: 09/26/2009 6:55 a.m.

They're back - thousands of motorcycles, far more than authorities or even the most intrepid journalists among us would ever bother trying to count. Happily for sales-tax-backed governments across northwest Arkansas, this week's 10th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival is just what the doctor ordered for struggling sales tax collections throughout the area, all of which could definitely use a spike in business.

Court Brief

posted: 09/26/2009 6:54 a.m.

Court brief for Washington County for September 26, 2009.

Cougars, Raiders expect a shootout

posted: 09/26/2009 6:54 a.m.

The stadium is sold out with a record crowd expected, and Houston's players are getting standing ovations for simply walking into class.

To lose a war

posted: 09/26/2009 6:53 a.m.

While America was consumed this summer with quarrels over town-hall radicals, "death panels," the "public option" and racism's role in the plunging polls of Barack, what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world.

Student absences don't suggest flu outbreak

posted: 09/26/2009 6:52 a.m.

Most schools in Washington County are reporting a typical number of student absences, despite rumors of an influenza outbreak.

Religion notes

posted: 09/26/2009 6:51 a.m.

Religion notes for September 26, 2009.

Nebraska wants celebration to last

posted: 09/26/2009 6:50 a.m.

Nebraska is having a big party at Memorial Stadium tonight, and the Cornhuskers want everyone except Louisiana-Lafayette to have a good time.

Almost two dozen bikes stolen at UA

posted: 09/26/2009 6:49 a.m.

University of Arkansas police are investigating a rash of bicycle thefts on campus.

Gabbert shreds Nevada's defense

posted: 09/26/2009 6:48 a.m.

Blaine Gabbert passed for 414 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring tosses of 74 and 31 yards to Danario Alexander, to help Missouri beat Nevada 31-21 on Friday night.

Balanced beating : Through air, on ground, Tigers roll on road

posted: 09/26/2009 6:47 a.m.

Fayetteville didn't have an answer for Bentonville tailback Courtney Haskell.

RUNAWAY LOSS : Bentonville, Haskell too much for Purple Dogs in mercy-rule rout

posted: 09/26/2009 6:45 a.m.

Fayetteville didn't have an answer for Bentonville tailback Courtney Haskell. The senior accumulated 269 yards of total offense and scored three of Bentonville's six touchdowns in a 45-10, mercy-rule rout of Fayetteville Friday night at Harmon Field in both teams' 7A-West Conference opener.

Defense delivers for War Eagles

posted: 09/26/2009 6:44 a.m.

Rogers Heritage and its prolific offense got rescued by its defense here Friday night.

Lady Bulldogs run away with 7A-West golf tournament

posted: 09/26/2009 6:44 a.m.

A seventh-consecutive conference championship was never in doubt for the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs Friday at Bella Vista Country Club.

Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama: Scheming for success

posted: 09/26/2009 6:44 a.m.

Georgia knocked the giddy out of Arkansas' early season excitement last week, and now it's time to see if the Razorbacks have any giddyup left.

Local color

posted: 09/26/2009 6:42 a.m.

Arkansans have always been conscientious about the environment, but today, sustainable gardening or "going green" seems to be of the utmost importance. When choosing plants for the landscape, many gardeners are looking for reliable performers that are showy, yet need minimal care. Easy-care plants should not be invasive - remember kudzu and English ivy.

Durable-goods figures disappoint

posted: 09/26/2009 6:42 a.m.

A reminder that the path to an economic recovery will be slow and bumpy emerged Friday from weaker-than-expected data on durable-goods orders and new-home sales.

Rogers runs out of answers against Rebs

posted: 09/26/2009 6:42 a.m.

The Rogers Mounties just ran out of answers Friday night.

Gravette earns second shutout, runs record to 4-0

posted: 09/26/2009 6:40 a.m.

On a night when it would have been understandable if their play was ragged, the Gravette Lions were instead deadly efficient.

Rojas leads Pirates past Lincoln

posted: 09/26/2009 6:39 a.m.

Adrian Rojas stepped up when the Greenland Pirates needed him most.

Obama to Iran: Come clean

posted: 09/26/2009 6:39 a.m.

President Barack Obama on Friday said Iran is speeding down a path to confrontation and demanded that Tehran quickly "come clean" on all nuclear efforts and open a previously unacknowledged uranium enrichment facility for close international inspection.

On homecoming night, No. 56 not forgotten

posted: 09/26/2009 6:38 a.m.

Gravette honored a fallen teammate, crowned a homecoming queen and stayed unbeaten on Friday night.

Captive dead by officer's gunshot

posted: 09/26/2009 6:35 a.m.

A fugitive on a two-day rampage through central Arkansas shot and injured his pregnant girlfriend and another woman during an overnight standoff in July, but it was a lawman's bullet that killed the girlfriend, investigators determined.

THE SLOPHOUSE : The Other Side: Q&A with an Alabama beat writer

posted: 09/26/2009 6:33 a.m.

The sky-high optimism sweeping Razorback Land this time last week was only matched by the air attack provided by Ryan Mallett. With Arkansas' defense giving up half-ahundred against Georgia, and a trip to the SEC's best defense facing the Hogs today in Tuscaloosa, Ala., it's safe to say that the optimism has been grounded.

Attacks in Afghanistan kill 5 U.S. troops

posted: 09/26/2009 6:33 a.m.

Five U.S. troops died in attacks in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Friday.

Hames' six birdies, 68 lead Rogers to 'threepeat'

posted: 09/26/2009 6:31 a.m.

For the third year in a row, the best golfer and best golf team reside at Rogers High School.

Fixing economy will take all of us, G-20 nations say

posted: 09/26/2009 6:30 a.m.

World leaders lined up Friday behind sweeping promises to fix a malfunctioning global economic system in hopes of heading off future financial meltdowns.

Greenbrier gets off to hot start, tops Siloam Springs, 42-24

posted: 09/26/2009 6:29 a.m.

Good starts can be invaluable, and they don't get much better than what Greenbrier had Friday.

Prairie Grove turns turnover table on Huntsville

posted: 09/26/2009 6:26 a.m.

The Wing-T offense worked to perfection for Prairie Grove Friday night. The Tigers got their first win of the season on homecoming defeating the Huntsville Eagles. 49-30.

Siloam Springs suffers first loss of season

posted: 09/26/2009 6:25 a.m.

Good starts can be invaluable, and they don't get much better than what Greenbrier had Friday night.

NEW CLUE IN MYSTERY Rebel sleuth hunts for gunboat

posted: 09/26/2009 6:25 a.m.

William Stevens has played the part of a Confederate soldier during Civil War re-enactments. Now he's playing detective, hoping to find remains of a Confederate gunboat burned in the Arkansas River just before Little Rock fell to Union troops.

Iraq detains staff after jailbreak

posted: 09/26/2009 6:24 a.m.

More than 100 prison officials and guards have been detained after 16 prisoners, including five al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting execution, made a jailbreak in Saddam Hussein's hometown, a police commander said Friday.

Names and faces

posted: 09/26/2009 6:23 a.m.

Randy Quaid was given a ride from a small West Texas jail to get bail money from a bank after the actor and his wife were arrested over allegations they skipped out on a $10,000 California hotel bill, according to the sheriff who drove him.

Farmington overcomes mistakes to beat Gentry

posted: 09/26/2009 6:23 a.m.

Putting the ball on the ground four times and committing seven penalties in the first half should spell doom for the offending squad, but the Farmington overcame all of that Friday night to beat Gentry 27-6 at Allen Holland Field.

Lavaca mercy rules Elks in conference opener

posted: 09/26/2009 6:22 a.m.

Miscues in the kicking game and a first-quarter turnover on downs burdened Elkins with an early deficit it couldn't recoup Friday night in its 1-3 A Conference opener at Lavaca.

In the news

posted: 09/26/2009 6:21 a.m.

Michael Bloomberg, New York City's billionaire mayor, took a helicopter to the U2 concert at Giants stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and later said, "I suppose you could say that," when asked whether flying by helicopter wastes a lot of energy, before adding that it would also be more efficient to swim across the Hudson River.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/26/2009 6:20 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The international community has no choice today but to draw a line in the sand." British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, accusing Iran of secretly building an underground nuclear-fuel plant in violation of international rules

West Fork drops 4-4A opener at Pottsville

posted: 09/26/2009 6:19 a.m.

Pottsville's 33-7 victory Friday night ended West Fork's 4-4 A Conference winning streak at seven games.

Heavy baby draws crowd in Indonesia

posted: 09/26/2009 6:17 a.m.

Indonesia's heaviest-ever newborn drew curious crowds Friday to a hospital where the boy named Akbar - or the Great in Arabic - came into the world at a record 19.2 pounds.

Three teens arrested for bomb threats in Gentry

posted: 09/26/2009 6:17 a.m.

Three juveniles were arrested in connection with Thursday's threats of a bomb at a Gentry school, and a fourth juvenile is being called "a person of interest." According to a Friday press release from Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith, his department arrested three teenage boys who dialed Benton County's 911 system at least three times on Thursday, threatening that a bomb would be at the Gentry schools. In the last call, the threat was more specific, with the caller saying the bomb would be at the Gentry Middle School.

The world in brief

posted: 09/26/2009 6:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I think that in some areas that the breadth of the violence, the geographic spread of violence, is a little more than I would have gathered." Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan

Sports Briefs

posted: 09/26/2009 6:15 a.m.

Sports briefs for Washington County for September 26, 2009.

'Taste of Home' coming to Siloam Springs in November

posted: 09/26/2009 6:14 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Herald-Leader and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will present a Taste of Home cooking school in Siloam Springs on Nov. 14. The event is co-sponsored by Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

Gentry School Board reorganized; bond restructuring bid approved

posted: 09/26/2009 6:12 a.m.

The Gentry School Board has reorganized itself, appointing a new president, vice president and secretary.

Northern Afghan route in peril

posted: 09/26/2009 6:11 a.m.

Growing Taliban influence in northern Afghanistan is threatening a new military supply line painstakingly negotiated by the U.S., as rising violence takes hold on the onetime Silk Road route.

ALDI gets nod from planners

posted: 09/26/2009 6:10 a.m.

The Siloam Springs Planning Commission recently approved a grocery store to be built across from Wal-Mart along U.S. Highway 412.

Tax-case suspect gets deal

posted: 09/26/2009 6 a.m.

Craig A. Hagerty, 46, of Russellville agreed Friday to pay $1.4 million in back federal taxes, admitting to running a "sophisticated scheme" to disguise his income, in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping six of the eight tax-evasion charges against him.

Northwest Personal Space

posted: 09/26/2009 6 a.m.

Insurance agent Dolores Stamps finds inspiration and strength at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springdale.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 09/26/2009 5:46 a.m.

Oral Roberts University, which was once tens of millions of dollars in the red after a financial scandal tarnished the Tulsa evangelical school, is finally debt-free, school officials said Wednesday.

DISCOVERING THE HOLY LAND

posted: 09/26/2009 5:45 a.m.

In the summer of 2005, Fort Smith native Lisa Perez shared lodging with an Israeli soldier on a communal farm in Israel.

Churches weigh security and open access

posted: 09/26/2009 5:44 a.m.

With its red doors open wide, Christ Episcopal Church offers a sacred haven for workers in downtown Little Rock. The doors, flung open during the day, are a silent invitation to step inside, sit and pray.

Insurance agent offers risk-reduction seminars

posted: 09/26/2009 5:44 a.m.

When it comes to assessing risk, Michael Russell is an expert. As an insurance agent it's his job to reduce liability for his clients and he's sharing his expertise with houses of worship at protectmychurch.org.

Other days

posted: 09/26/2009 5:43 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 26, 1909 The contempt case of Superintendent J.A. Pitcock, in which he was fined recently by the Pulaski County Chancery Court for disobeying the orders of the court in taking from the Arkansas Brick and Manufacturing Company certain convicts, whose removal was ordered by the Penitentiary Board, will be presented again to the Supreme Court tomorrow on a petition for a rehearing.

COLUMNISTS A great, good man

posted: 09/26/2009 5:42 a.m.

After the plain pine box is lowered into the grave, the mourners are asked to come forward-immediate family first-and shovel dirt onto the casket. Only when it is fully covered, only when all that can be seen is dust, is the ceremony complete.

EDITORIALS Forward, forward

posted: 09/26/2009 5:42 a.m.

OH, LORDY. Not an algebra test.

Others say Honduras gets messier

posted: 09/26/2009 5:41 a.m.

The last time we addressed the political crisis in Honduras, a tiny Central American country that has become the focal point of a big regional power struggle, we pointed out that the leaders of a de facto government were playing into the hands of their enemies.

The left's been out for blood, too

posted: 09/26/2009 5:41 a.m.

For one, brief shining moment last week, I thought Nancy Pelosi must be the bravest American politician of the century, standing up to her own nutball constituency in the interest of American political politesse.

LETTERS

posted: 09/26/2009 5:40 a.m.

The problem with health care is very simple. When you have no competition, you can name your price, and it's been going on for years. SCOTT BRIGHT Prescott

A different angle

posted: 09/26/2009 5:39 a.m.

There's a remarkable development in the 1989 death of Janie Ward at a teen party in the woods near Marshall.

Family's legacy continues

posted: 09/26/2009 5:39 a.m.

The year was 1959, and Arkansas' national reputation was far from positive. The televised images at Little Rock Central High School from the fall of 1957 were still relatively fresh on the minds of many Americans. Little Rock's public high schools had been closed during the 1958-59 school year, an action that also received widespread national media coverage. Economic development had slowed to a crawl.

Hogs out when facing third down

posted: 09/26/2009 5:08 a.m.

Arkansas has gained lots of yards in its first two games, but not on third down.

Red Wolves eye defending champ

posted: 09/26/2009 5:07 a.m.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves bring the Sun Belt Conference's top defense and top scoring offense into today's league opener.

Woods holds lead with a gentle grip

posted: 09/26/2009 5:06 a.m.

Tiger Woods had the lead and was ready to turn the Tour Championship into a runaway Friday.

Arkansas at Alabama

posted: 09/26/2009 5:04 a.m.

Alabama leads 11-8 overall, 9-8 since Arkansas joined the SEC. The series is 4-4 in Tuscaloosa, including Arkansas' victory by forfeit in 1993.

Off the wire

posted: 09/26/2009 5 a.m.

BASKETBALL Rose says he took SAT Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and the Rookie of the Year last season, said Friday that he took the SAT exam to get into Memphis and dismissed the idea someone did so in his place. "I took it, I took it," Rose said.

How Top 10 fared

posted: 09/26/2009 5 a.m.

High school football top ten results

Second thoughts

posted: 09/26/2009 4:57 a.m.

Jags could use some star power Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, whose team lost 17,000 season-ticket holders from last year, has said he would consider drafting Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, noting that "star power is incredible."

COMMENTARY Poll: NFL catching eye of baseball fans

posted: 09/26/2009 4:56 a.m.

Ask around for a World Series prediction, and many baseball fans forecast a November classic: Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals vs. Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees.

Position-by-position matchups

posted: 09/26/2009 4:49 a.m.

OFFENSE Quarterback Arkansas 5, Alabama 4 Ryan Mallett wowed Arkansas fans - and likely NFL scouts - with his powerful throws to virtually every area of the field last Saturday.

AMERICAN LEAGUE Rangers' Kinsler becomes the newest 30-30 man

posted: 09/26/2009 4:13 a.m.

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to become a 30-30 player for the first time and the Texas Rangers clung to their slim playoff hopes, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday night.

This date in baseball

posted: 09/26/2009 4:13 a.m.

1908 Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the only pitcher to throw two shutouts in a doubleheader, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-0 and 3-0. 1926 The St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 6-1 and 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes. The first game took 55 minutes.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/26/2009 4:11 a.m.

Springdale center files for Chapter 11 The company that owns the Springdale Civic Center has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization as a local bank seeks to foreclose on the property.

Power plant construction to go on

posted: 09/26/2009 4:11 a.m.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. can continue construction on its $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission said Friday.

Lending program needed, Fed says

posted: 09/26/2009 4:08 a.m.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that a government program intended to spark lending to consumers and businesses is still necessary even with other emergency lending programs winding down as the economy recovers.

High-speed rail firm sets its sights on U.S.

posted: 09/26/2009 4:06 a.m.

In the last years of the Cold War, the top-secret research institute that had designed the Soviet Union's nuclear submarines received an unusual request: Could it build a high-speed train?

MARKET REPORT Stocks sag on economic reports

posted: 09/26/2009 4:04 a.m.

Stocks fell for a third day Friday after disappointing reports on manufacturing and home sales dampened enthusiasm about the state of the economy.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/26/2009 4:04 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Business equipment spending is still on track to post a solid gain in the third quarter, but perhaps not quite as robust as earlier thought." Brian Bethune, chief U.S. financial economist at IHS Global Insight, in a note to clients

Ask the expert

posted: 09/26/2009 4:03 a.m.

I'm debating whether to paint the outside of my house myself or have the job done by a professional. Please provide me some guidelines that will help me get the job done well, one way or the other, and get me the most for my money. Peeling paint on your house is more than shabby.

Personal space

posted: 09/26/2009 4:01 a.m.

Sandy Newberg Where I live: My husband, Dick, and I have lived in the Pulaski Heights neighborhood of Little Rock for 24 years.

In the garden

posted: 09/26/2009 4 a.m.

Q I was interested in one of your recent columns regarding when to severely prune holly shrubs. Is the pruning schedule you mention just for holly shrubs, or does this also apply to other plants in the garden, such as nandina or gardenia? Is there a reference book you recommend that contains ideal pruning schedules for various plants that grow well in the zone covering Hot Springs Village?

Tools & toys

posted: 09/26/2009 4 a.m.

IKEA PS Virka What's to love: This fabric represents inexpensive cutting-edge design.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT State to turn Capitol catacombs into retail hub

posted: 09/26/2009 3:59 a.m.

Dear Otus, I read that Gov. Beebe finally released $8.5 million in state funds to build a tunnel connecting the Capitol with the Big Mac offices on the Capitol grounds.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/26/2009 3:58 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know some things are always wrong, but what about situations where the Bible doesn't give us a clear rule? How should we decide whether or not to do something that might be questionable? - J.H.

Flipping Out designer settles down in a big way

posted: 09/26/2009 3:57 a.m.

Interior designer Ryan Brown has made a career buying ugly-duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them at a profit. It's a process that he and his business partner, Jeff Lewis, reveal on the Bravo reality series Flipping Out, which is in its third season.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/26/2009 3:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. Adventurous choices make this year memoir-worthy. Moneymaking concepts come to you in October. There will be a healing of a central relationship at the end of the year. Friends play an important role in your creative development through the spring. Love makes you feel daring and confident.

CLICK & CLACK'S CAR TALK

posted: 09/26/2009 3:56 a.m.

DEAR TOM AND RAY: In looking at "green" options for the future, I have a question about the environmental impact of disposing of hybrid car batteries. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii, and currently - to our knowledge, anyway - they do not have a site here that will accept these large car batteries when they are used up.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/26/2009 3:55 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I feel you must expand on your comments on getting a parrot if you want a long-term pet. A parrot, indeed, is a long-term pet, but the flip side is parrots are a long-term commitment, as well. I urge you to let people know that a parrot is not a pet to pick up on a whim. Parrots can't just be put in a cage and tucked into a corner to look pretty.

Ferrari's lush digs win design honor

posted: 09/26/2009 3:54 a.m.

An MRI exam of Holger Schubert's head might reveal an inner space of bare, winterwhite walls, polished concrete, wall-to-ceiling glass and halogen lighting.

Keep it clean

posted: 09/26/2009 3:53 a.m.

Cleaning bathrooms On vacation this summer, I noticed how clean and tidy the motel and hotel restrooms were. Are there any tips on how they manage that? I wish I could keep my bathrooms looking like that.

Governor's appointments

posted: 09/26/2009 3:47 a.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe announced 24 appointments Thursday: To the Home Health Care Service Agency Advisory Council for terms expiring June 30, 2012: Susan Carter, Jonesboro, reappointed ; Vicki Pennington, Bald Knob, replacing Karon Beavers.

Friday, September 25

'THE WEDDING SINGER'

posted: 09/25/2009 3:42 p.m.

For those who think the sound of motorcycles will become played out over the next few days, there are some options. Namely, plays.

Gravette student's funeral set for Monday

posted: 09/25/2009 1:30 p.m.

The funeral for a Gravette High School student who died after developing a staph infection and undergoing surgery is set for Monday.

Pollution agency denies stop-work effort on coal plant

posted: 09/25/2009 11:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday denied a motion by the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society to halt work on the coal-fired power plant under construction in Hempstead County.

The stage scene

posted: 09/25/2009 8:36 a.m.

For those who think the sound of motor- cycles will become played out over the next few days, there are some options. Namely, plays.

Country songster: Eric Church to perform free concert

posted: 09/25/2009 8:32 a.m.

Country music artist Eric Church never tries to be something he's not.

Still rocking: Almost four decades of Southern jams haven't slowed Doug Gray's enthusiasm

posted: 09/25/2009 8:31 a.m.

Doug Gray has been doing this for some time, almost 40 years. He's played at 37 Sturgis, N.D ., motorcycle rallies, for instance.

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ EVENTS

posted: 09/25/2009 8:29 a.m.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. MISS BIKES, BLUES & BBQ Today 10 p.m.- Semifinals at George's Majestic Lounge at 519 W.Dickson St., Fayetteville.

'Funkifizing' Fayetteville: Tower of Power staying true to the sound of the 1970s

posted: 09/25/2009 8:23 a.m.

There was a time when Tower of Power strayed from its funk-loving,feel-good soul music that made the band popular.

Tour of local art: Eureka Springs Artists Studio Tour revs up this weekend

posted: 09/25/2009 8:17 a.m.

Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to peek into the inner workings of art studiosthis weekend in Eureka Springs.

The 'Silver' lining: Upstart local coffee chain opens first North American coffee shop in Rogers

posted: 09/25/2009 8:13 a.m.

In a word, the one thing that Terry Smith and several of his friends had in common was this: coffee.

Entertainment notes

posted: 09/25/2009 8:10 a.m.

Entertainments for Northwest Arkansas for September 25, 2009.

Live music

posted: 09/25/2009 8:05 a.m.

The following is a list of live performances in Northwest Arkansas. Readers are encouraged to verify times and admission prices. For details, call venues directly.To add listings, e-mail schedules to whatsup@nwarktimes.com, fax them to 442-1714, or call 571-6447.

Trying to cope : Homecoming will feel different in Gravette tonight with junior lineman Casey Russell's death weighing on everyone's mind.

posted: 09/25/2009 7:48 a.m.

Without a single word, Gravette football coach Bill Harrelson's face spoke volumes Thursday morning. His eyes stared through the floor beneath his feet as he walked, slowly, down the hall. His was a look of a heavy dose of sorrow confusion and - still, nearly 24 hours later - shock.

Waste drops sought

posted: 09/25/2009 7:45 a.m.

The county is developing a system through which residents can dispose of old materials.

Only one reported bike accident, so far

posted: 09/25/2009 7:43 a.m.

A Fort Smith man was listed in fair condition Thursday following a motorcycle accident Wednesday night on Razorback Road.

Gun charge to be filed in Barrett murder case

posted: 09/25/2009 7:41 a.m.

Prosecutors will file a gun-enhancement charge against Roger Dale Barrett in the shooting death of his former girlfriend.

Jesse James enjoying rally, offering new brands

posted: 09/25/2009 7:40 a.m.

Jesse James arrived in Fayetteville on Thursday for two days of Bikes, Blues & BBQ and plans to promote his clothing line Sunday afternoon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on West Sixth Street.

Avoca man arrested after meth bust

posted: 09/25/2009 7:38 a.m.

An Avoca resident was arrested Tuesday after narcotics investigators received a tip concerning a methamphetamine lab at the residence.

1,000 a big number on Saturday

posted: 09/25/2009 7:34 a.m.

Valley Harvest Community Outreach Center will distribute 1,000 free coats for children, 1,000 food boxes and 1,000 books on Saturday.

POLICE REPORTS

posted: 09/25/2009 7:32 a.m.

Police incidents reported in Bella Vista for September 26, 2009.

CLARIFICATION

posted: 09/25/2009 7:30 a.m.

The story about the See You at the Pole event at Bentonville High School and other schools across the county and nation made an incorrect reference to the day of the event during part of the story, although it was correct in other places. To clarify, the entire event took place Wednesday morning.

Hayes flees Defendant disappears after jury finds him guilty at trial

posted: 09/25/2009 7:29 a.m.

A Washington County jury deliberated for two and a half hours before finding Terry Hayes guilty of threatening his teenage son with a gun and threatening a witness.

Only one known motorcycle accident, so far

posted: 09/25/2009 7:28 a.m.

A Fort Smith man was listed in fair condition Thursday following a motorcycle accident Wednesday night on Razorback Road.

Lincoln continuing improvement plan

posted: 09/25/2009 7:27 a.m.

A local school is making improvements in its test scores, and some of the area's youngest students are getting help from a national reading program, members of the Bentonville School Board Curriculum Committee learned Thursday.

BHS honors National Merit Semifinalists

posted: 09/25/2009 7:25 a.m.

Six Bentonville High School students have a new honor they can list on college applications - National Merit Semifinalist.

Jesse James enjoying rally, touting clothing

posted: 09/25/2009 7:25 a.m.

Jesse James arrived in Fayetteville on Thursday for two days of Bikes, Blues & BBQ and plans to promote his clothing line Sunday afternoon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Martin Luther King Jr.

Band members enjoy opportunity to play

posted: 09/25/2009 7:24 a.m.

The large crowds that turn out for Fayetteville's Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally each year make this a popular venue for musicians eager to promote their music and band.

NWACC Advocacy Committee redefines role

posted: 09/25/2009 7:23 a.m.

An expanded role is in order for the Northwest Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees Advocacy Committee, board members agreed in July and the committee confirmed Thursday.

City addressing fatigue syndrome at animal shelter

posted: 09/25/2009 7:22 a.m.

Fayetteville's human resources director is concerned about mental and emotional fatigue for employees at the city's animal shelter and is taking steps to provide counseling and useful reading material.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/25/2009 7:21 a.m.

Obituaries for September 25, 2009.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/25/2009 7:18 a.m.

Events in Washington County for September 25, 2009.

No timetable for health care reform, senator said

posted: 09/25/2009 7:16 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln doesn't expect the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to be working on health-care legislation up until Thanksgiving, but neither is there a timetable for the committee to finish its work on the bill, said Lincoln, D-Ark.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/25/2009 7:15 a.m.

Fayetteville JANE BAUGUS Jane Marie McKimmey Baugus, 77, of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Springdale.

Lawmakers announce $399,921 grant to fight domestic violence

posted: 09/25/2009 7:11 a.m.

U.S. Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. John Boozman announced Tuesday that Benton County will get $399,921 to fight domestic violence.

Thomas to survey voters on millage defeat

posted: 09/25/2009 7:09 a.m.

Fayetteville Superintendent Vicki Thomas told the school board Thursday plans to send a survey to all voters who participated in the school district's millage election Sept. 15.

Police searching for man who attempted to rob a Gentry drug store

posted: 09/25/2009 7:08 a.m.

Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob the Smith Drug Store in Gentry shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. Police quickly set up a perimeter and were searching in nearby fields and buildings and watching roads in the area shortly after they received the call, but police ended the search as darkness approached.

Church to distribute supplies to needy Saturday

posted: 09/25/2009 7:07 a.m.

The Valley Harvest Community Outreach Center will distribute 1,000 free coats for kids, 1,000 food boxes and 1,000 books Saturday.

Several threats called in to Gentry schools

posted: 09/25/2009 7:06 a.m.

A number of 911 calls were received Thursday that included threats of a possible bomb at Gentry Middle School.

Times Editorials : A smart ban

posted: 09/25/2009 7:04 a.m.

After first glance, the word "ban" suggests negative connotations. People generally don't like it very much when things are taken from them, like denying a person's freedom of speech or a group's right to peaceably assemble. Then again, lots of times government bans are really quite wonderful. Banning child labor.

OUR VIEW : One day, two murders

posted: 09/25/2009 7:03 a.m.

Happily, Benton County is not a hotbed of violent crime. Though we get the occasional murder around here - we had one just last month - it's relatively rare, and always has been in this county.

ON THE FLY : Vroom, vroom, vroom

posted: 09/25/2009 7:02 a.m.

There is so much happening in the world, I had a hard time this week focusing on one topic.

LETTERS

posted: 09/25/2009 7:01 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 25, 2009.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/25/2009 6:59 a.m.

Thank you, trail builders!

In America : The hard and bitter truth

posted: 09/25/2009 6:57 a.m.

President Barack Obama is in the uncomfortable position of staring reality in the face in Afghanistan. Reality is not blinking.

Smart thinking

posted: 09/25/2009 6:55 a.m.

It's not entirely lost on us that some logical reasons may exist to join the state Capitol to a nearby office building sure to house legislators and staff offices for years to come. Besides keeping elected officials (and countless papers) dry while going to and from, it has also been reported that the Capitol building and the Multi-Agency Complex (as known as Big MAC) are separated by an incline, parking spaces, a sidewalk and two access roads.

League can be unpredictable, unforgiving

posted: 09/25/2009 6:54 a.m.

There were lessons learned for both Rogers Heritage and Fort Smith Northside last year when the two teams opened up 7A-West Conference play at Gates Stadium.

Trammel talks roads to Fayetteville Rotarians

posted: 09/25/2009 6:52 a.m.

Arkansas State Highway Commissioner Dick Trammel found the perfect audience Thursday ready to hear the latest information involving state highways and road improvements.

Bella Vista man accused of imprisoning girlfriend in closet

posted: 09/25/2009 6:51 a.m.

A Bella Vista man was taken into police custody for allegedly imprisoning his ex-girlfriend in a closet and threatening to kill her.

No. 1 Tigers leave home for first time

posted: 09/25/2009 6:49 a.m.

Fayetteville head football coach Daryl Patton hasn't been shy about the superlatives used for this week's opponent, No. 1-ranked Bentonville.

Under Dogs : Fayetteville faces tough task against top-ranked Tigers

posted: 09/25/2009 6:48 a.m.

Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton has had several brushes with the impossible in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach. The Purple Dogs will get reacquainted with the improbable today against top-ranked Bentonville at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Field in both squads' 7A-West Conference opener.

Rebs like to run, Rogers to strike fast

posted: 09/25/2009 6:46 a.m.

For different reasons, Rogers and Fort Smith Southside feel like they need to score every time they get the ball.

War Eagles quiet about turnovers

posted: 09/25/2009 6:44 a.m.

Forget Rogers Heritage's threegame winning streak. Perry Escalante has another streak he's prouder of that he's keeping the lid on: Three games with zero fumbles and as many interceptions to his offense or special teams' credit.

Dominquez sharing duties with freshman

posted: 09/25/2009 6:43 a.m.

Arkansas true freshman offensive tackle Anthony Oden may start or at least play considerably in Saturday's SEC West game at Alabama.

Lady Bulldogs turn tables on Bentonville

posted: 09/25/2009 6:42 a.m.

Fayetteville's sweep of two-time defending Class 7A State Champion Bentonville Thursday night at a raucous Bulldog Gym was as cathartic as it was thrilling.

Gahagans powers Indians to home win vs. Heritage

posted: 09/25/2009 6:41 a.m.

Brice Gahagans struck early with a 92-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the Ramay (2-2, 2-1 in NWAC) Indians went on to a 21-0 victory against Rogers Heritage (0-4, 0-3 ) on Thursday at Harmon Field.

Lady Mounties survive visit from Heritage

posted: 09/25/2009 6:39 a.m.

The Rogers Lady Mounties survived a roller coaster of a volleyball match to survive a visit from rival Heritage on Thursday.

7A-West decides golf champions today at BVCC

posted: 09/25/2009 6:37 a.m.

Bella Vista Country Club will host the annual 7A-West Conference Golf Championships today. The 18-hole, stroke play tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Cowboys defense steps up, wins game

posted: 09/25/2009 6:35 a.m.

Woodland's defense had the best performance of its young season and used that to defeat Southwest 17-3 Thursday night at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.

Band members enjoy opportunity to play at Bikes, Blues and BBQ

posted: 09/25/2009 6:34 a.m.

The large crowds that turn out for Fayetteville's Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally each year make this a popular venue for musicians eager to promote their music and bands.

Ramay shuts out Heritage for second straight win

posted: 09/25/2009 6:33 a.m.

The Ramay Indians made it two conference wins in a row Thursday night by shutting out Rogers Heritage, 21-0 at Harmon Field.

Lady Bulldogs heavy favorites to win 7A-West Conference tourney

posted: 09/25/2009 6:31 a.m.

The pursuit of a fifth consecutive Class 7A State Championship begins in earnest today for the Fayetteville Lady Bulldog golf team.

Fashion show will have new features

posted: 09/25/2009 6:31 a.m.

Organizers of an upcoming fashion show, titled "Everything Old Is New Again," said the annual show will be different this year than in prior years.

Junior High Roundup : Central remains undefeated

posted: 09/25/2009 6:29 a.m.

Warriors 33, Mounties 7 ROGERS - Springdale Central (4-0, 2-0 ) held Rogers to less than 50 yards total offense and remained undefeated with a win at Mountie Stadium on Thursday.

Community notes

posted: 09/25/2009 6:27 a.m.

Tiger Tailgate set for Oct. 3 The Thomas Jefferson Elementary School PTO will host its second annual Tiger Tailgate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3.

Class 4A - Week 4 : West Fork's Muggy's ankle on the mend

posted: 09/25/2009 6:24 a.m.

Isaac Muggy's 13.7-yard-per-carry average was the mainstay of West Fork's offense the first two weeks of the season.

Home sales slow 2.7% in August

posted: 09/25/2009 6:01 a.m.

Home resales dipped unexpectedly last month after a four-month streak of gains, providing evidence that the housing market recovery remains fragile.

Immigrant is indicted in U.S. terrorism plot

posted: 09/25/2009 6 a.m.

Evidence of one of the most significant homegrown terrorism threats in nearly two decades unfolded Thursday as investigators described an advanced-stage plot to detonate explosives made with beauty-supply chemicals on American soil.

Growth spurt

posted: 09/25/2009 6 a.m.

To fully appreciate Greg Childs' start to the 2009 season, including two touchdown catches against Georgia, you must go back in time. Go back to the spring, when Childs, a sophomore receiver at Arkansas, was down and troubled.

AGFC gobbles up fall seasons

posted: 09/25/2009 6 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted 4-2 Thursday to cancel the 2009 fall archery and modern gun turkey seasons.

10.7% of Americans divorced; Arkansas' figure sits at 12.5%

posted: 09/25/2009 5:34 a.m.

Divorce is as common in the Florida Keys as fresh grouper and cold beer. Census statistics released this week show that Monroe County - which includes the cluster of 1,700 islands off South Florida - has the second-highest percentage of divorced residents.

Briton finds 7th-century treasure

posted: 09/25/2009 5:33 a.m.

An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found, a seventh-century hoard of gold and silver sword decorations, crosses and other items, British archaeologists said Thursday.

Ex-Kennedy aide named Senate fill-in

posted: 09/25/2009 5:32 a.m.

Paul G. Kirk Jr., chairman of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation and former head of the Democratic National Committee, will temporarily succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, Massachusetts' governor announced Thursday.

5 awaiting Iraqi execution, 11 others escape

posted: 09/25/2009 5:31 a.m.

Five inmates awaiting execution and 11 others accused of belonging to al-Qaida-in-Iraq escaped from a makeshift prison built near a former palace of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq, and authorities suggested Thursday that guards there may have helped them.

Global recovery, banker pay at forefront as G-20 gathers

posted: 09/25/2009 5:31 a.m.

Leaders of the world's major economies began gathering Thursday for a two-day summit aimed at making sure a fledgling global recovery remains on track while laying down tougher rules for global financial institutions.

Poor nations' plight stirs appeals to U.N.

posted: 09/25/2009 5:30 a.m.

Global leaders on Thursday warned colleagues that coordinated international action to end the worldwide recession and reverse climate change must not fall victim to routine political divisions and pitfalls.

GOP aides: ACORN misusing donations

posted: 09/25/2009 5:30 a.m.

The community activist group ACORN appears to be collecting charitable contributions through affiliate organizations that it then uses for impermissible lobbying and political activity, according to the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

House halts 2010 Medicare premium increases

posted: 09/25/2009 5:29 a.m.

Millions of Medicare patients would be spared monthly premium increases next year under a bill passed by the House on Thursday.

Pare tax write-off on execs' pay, Lincoln says

posted: 09/25/2009 5:28 a.m.

The Senate Finance Committee slogged through a third day of hearings on health-care legislation Thursday with tempers sometimes flaring as members continued debating amendments, including more than a dozen from Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

GRIDLOCK GURU: Less reds at night on U.S. 62

posted: 09/25/2009 5:27 a.m.

Drivers are more likely to ignore speed limits, traffic signals and road signs if what they're asked to do doesn't make sense.

Pollution trial begins with samples, photos

posted: 09/25/2009 5:26 a.m.

An Oklahoma attorney on Thursday used a glass jar filled with poultry litter and water to illustrate how it's possible for rainwater to pick up bird manure and carry it into streams.

FAYETTEVILLE: Cooks steel selves for grills' night out

posted: 09/25/2009 5:25 a.m.

There were all kinds of grills being set up in the parking lot across from Baum Stadium - ranging from backyard smokers to $30,000 rigs.

Lottery sales ready to roll, panel is told

posted: 09/25/2009 5:24 a.m.

Arkansas' lottery will have more than 1,500 retailer locations selling lottery tickets when sales begin Monday, the Arkansas Lottery Commission's executive director told lawmakers Thursday.

Baby of Alamo followers at risk, agency tells judge

posted: 09/25/2009 5:24 a.m.

A boy born in June to parents who are members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries is "at substantial risk of serious harm," and a judge should take action to protect the child, state child-welfare officials contend.

Lethal injection steps get hearing

posted: 09/25/2009 5:23 a.m.

A panel of judges on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned Thursday whether the state Department of Correction's lethal injection protocol guarantees that a doctor will be called in if executioners have trouble establishing an intravenous line in a condemned inmate.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/25/2009 5:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/25/2009 5:20 a.m.

Trial begins today in Paris slaying Opening statements and testimony begins today in the first-degree murder trial of a man accused of shooting another man outside the Paris Wal-Mart in August 2008.

Justices deny appeal of murderer

posted: 09/25/2009 5:18 a.m.

A woman who helped run a prostitution ring in West Memphis lost her appeal on a capital murder conviction on Thursday at the Arkansas Supreme Court.

NOTEWORTHY DEATH

posted: 09/25/2009 5:17 a.m.

Eldest relative of Ottoman rulers Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu, the eldest member of the former Ottoman dynasty, has died, officials said Thursday. He was 97.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/25/2009 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We've got a barbecue village right now." Ron Autry, coordinator of the barbecue competition for Bikes, Blues & BBQ, on the site near Baum Stadium in Fayetteville Article, 1B

FORT SMITH: Mayor Baker plans to run for 6th term

posted: 09/25/2009 5:15 a.m.

Ray Baker, Fort Smith's exuberant mayor for 18 years, announced Thursday he will run for a sixth term.

By the numbers

posted: 09/25/2009 5:11 a.m.

PLAINTIFF CLAIMS 5.4 billion Pounds of phosphorus in poultry litter produced in the Illinois River watershed from 2001 to 2006.

A convenient absence

posted: 09/25/2009 5:10 a.m.

WHEN THE going gets tough, an alderman like Fayetteville's Robert Rhoads gets going-right out of the room.

Disorder in a court

posted: 09/25/2009 5:09 a.m.

FIRST CAME the case of the vanishing bank-deposit envelope. It contained $3,200 and disappeared from the safe in His Honor Brad Karren's district court in Rogers.

Scene from a recession

posted: 09/25/2009 5:08 a.m.

Just ahead in the meat aisle, at least nine metal shopping carts had achieved full gridlock. The shoppers, their carts brimming over, had managed to completely block the aisle. Everybody stood there staring at everybody else, raising their eyebrows in disdain at the traffic jam. Several of the children caught in the trap edged closer to mama or daddy.

SEC/TOP 25 Ole Miss upended on road

posted: 09/25/2009 5:06 a.m.

Mississippi wasn't ready for the top five - or South Carolina's defense.

Chiefs QB sure coach in his corner

posted: 09/25/2009 5:05 a.m.

One game into his career as quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Cassel finds himself surrounded by skeptical fans and critical media.

Central Arkansas report

posted: 09/25/2009 5:04 a.m.

Grimes climbing up chart Central Arkansas senior running back Brent Grimes led the Southland Conference in scoring last season with a league-record 21 touchdowns and 126 points.

Woods tip puts O'Hair on top

posted: 09/25/2009 5:03 a.m.

Sean O'Hair knew he would need some help from Tiger Woods to win the FedEx Cup. He got more than he expected.

GULF SOUTH: Reddies trample Muleriders

posted: 09/25/2009 5:03 a.m.

Henderson State rolled over Southern Arkansas 51-17 before 3,167 on a drizzly Thursday night at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, putting up 322 yards rushing against the Muleriders and winning their second consecutive game.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs need all units ready to roll for Tide

posted: 09/25/2009 5:02 a.m.

A week ago, hopes were running helium high as the Arkansas Razorbacks prepared to host the Georgia Bulldogs.

Off the wire

posted: 09/25/2009 5:02 a.m.

HOCKEY Gretzky resigns as coach Wayne Gretzky's tenure as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, a period marked largely by on-ice futility, ended abruptly Thursday when the "Great One" announced he would be stepping down amid the financial turmoil surrounding the team.

Teams look for strong start in 7 A-West

posted: 09/25/2009 5:02 a.m.

Springdale and Springdale Har-Ber are quick to admit that tonight's matchup is their biggest game of the season.

COMMENTARY Henin's return ace for women's game

posted: 09/25/2009 5:01 a.m.

Women's tennis has been a significantly less interesting complement to the men's game since Justine Henin shocked the sport by announcing her retirement in May 2008. She was still ranked No. 1, still the holder of two Grand Slam singles titles and still just 25.

Class 7A Report

posted: 09/25/2009 5 a.m.

Heritage confident in ability Rogers Heritage Coach Perry Escalante said his team is better prepared for 7AWest Conference play this year after starting 3-0 for a second consecutive season.

Chapter 11 filed for Bath Junkie

posted: 09/25/2009 4:58 a.m.

The owners of Bath Junkie Inc. of Fayetteville have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing a court case brought by one of its franchisees that resulted in writs of garnishment on three of Bath Junkie's bank accounts.

Talk of bailout extension vexes senators

posted: 09/25/2009 4:57 a.m.

The Obama administration Thursday sent its clearest signal yet that it is prepared to extend its $700 billion bailout for Wall Street for another year, even as lawmakers said they were frustrated that not enough was being done to help the average American.

AIDS vaccine shows promise

posted: 09/25/2009 4:55 a.m.

Scientists and government leaders have already started mapping out how to try to improve the world's first successful AIDS vaccine, which protected one in three people from getting HIV in a large study in Thailand.

U.N. leaders support U.S. on nuclear curbs

posted: 09/25/2009 4:54 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution Thursday that affirms many of the steps President Barack Obama plans to pursue as part of his vision for an eventual "world without nuclear weapons."

Ross lays out details on sale of drugstore

posted: 09/25/2009 4:53 a.m.

Denying that he got a sweet deal from a buyer hoping to influence health-care policy, Rep. Mike Ross on Thursday released extensive details on the sale of his Prescott pharmacy to USA Drug.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/25/2009 4:50 a.m.

Will Nolan get rollin' in WNBA?

Names and faces

posted: 09/25/2009 4:38 a.m.

Greeting judge and jurors with a friendly "Hi!," Kirsten Dunst served as a star witness Thursday against a man charged in the theft of her designer purse while she was on a movie set.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/25/2009 4:38 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

In the news

posted: 09/25/2009 4:38 a.m.

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 91, the longest-serving senator in history, has been released from the Washington-area hospital where he spent two days after tests uncovered an elevated white-blood-cell count, his office said, adding that the West Virginia Democrat will continue receiving antibiotics and recuperating at home before returning to Congress.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Phillies get 14 hits, support Happ's 11th victory

posted: 09/25/2009 4:36 a.m.

Jimmy Rollins capped a six-run fifth inning with a three-run home run to help Philadelphia Phillies rookie J.A. Happ earn his 11th victory, 9-4 over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

Notes

posted: 09/25/2009 4:35 a.m.

WORLD CUP U.S. beats Cuba Former major leaguer Terry Tiffee (North Little Rock, Sylvan Hills) hit his fourth home run of the baseball World Cup and the United States beat Cuba 5-3 on Thursday in a likely preview of this weekend's final.

Fireworks blast kills 3

posted: 09/25/2009 4:35 a.m.

A fireworks explosion demolished several houses and killed at least three people on the outskirts of Sao Paulo on Thursday, officials said.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Britain and Ireland up by match over Europe

posted: 09/25/2009 4:34 a.m.

Britain and Ireland led 3-2 over Continental Europe after Thursday's opening fourballs of the Vivendi Trophy, a match play event on the PGA European Tour.

NFL notes

posted: 09/25/2009 4:32 a.m.

NFL Jones on committee IRVING, Texas - Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, 45, has joined the NFL's competition committee, a prestigious post previously held by his father, Jerry Jones, and longtime team President Tex Schramm.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/25/2009 4:26 a.m.

Oden in line for first start Arkansas true freshman offensive tackle Anthony Oden could get his first college start Saturday at Alabama.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Georgia weekend boon for Pelphrey

posted: 09/25/2009 4:24 a.m.

Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey and his staff took advantage of the Razorbacks' football game against Georgia on Saturday to bring in several recruits.

Wolves relish redshirt's skills

posted: 09/25/2009 4:22 a.m.

Andre Smith thought he would be a quarterback when he arrived at Arkansas State, but the redshirt freshman is looking to make an impact at another position this season.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/25/2009 4:21 a.m.

ARENA FOOTBALL New league in works While the Arena Football League is no more and the Arena Football 2 league was left without a parent league, a new league appears to be rising from both. Owners of teams from the AFL and AF2 will meet in Tulsa on Monday to finalize the formation of Arena Football 1.

State college report

posted: 09/25/2009 4:17 a.m.

Rallying around Tigers He sat with his feet dangling off the short brick fence that surrounds Ouachita Baptist's A.U. Williams Field.

Harding's revamped defense getting up to speed

posted: 09/25/2009 4:16 a.m.

Football practice at Harding apparently wasn't a ton of fun Tuesday.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/25/2009 4:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Since the 1980s, we've been hearing we're going to have an AIDS vaccine in 10 years. For the first time in my lifetime, it feels as though we're actually getting on the right track." Josh Ruxin of the Access Project, which helps health centers provide AIDS care in Rwanda Article, 1A

The world in brief

posted: 09/25/2009 4:10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There comes a time when stubborn facts will compel us to take a decision if we want a world without nuclear weapons." French President Nicolas Sarkozy, listing offers made by world powers to Iran, with no real response from the Islamic Republic Article, 1A

Missile strike kills 4 in Pakistan

posted: 09/25/2009 4:10 a.m.

A suspected U.S. missile strike killed four people in northwestern Pakistan late Thursday, intelligence officials said.

State increases tourism-ad budget

posted: 09/25/2009 4:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism hopes recession-related cutbacks by competitors will help the Natural State gain a larger slice of the tourism market.

New jobless claims down again

posted: 09/25/2009 4:05 a.m.

The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell for the third straight week, evidence that layoffs are continuing to ease in the earliest stages of an economic recovery.

Citi said to be shifting plans

posted: 09/25/2009 4:02 a.m.

Citigroup Inc. appears to be shifting its strategy in its U.S. retail banking business, focusing on its strongest markets rather than trying to expand across the country.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/25/2009 3:58 a.m.

Arkansas economy stabilizing, Fed says Economic activity in Arkansas continued to stabilize over the past three months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' "burgundy report" released Thursday.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/25/2009 3:58 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We can get billions out.We can buy General Motors overnight, but we can't help a homeowner." Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., on the Troubled Asset Relief Program Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Oil, home sales weigh on stocks

posted: 09/25/2009 3:57 a.m.

Investors dumped stocks after an unexpected drop in home sales and a slide in oil prices fanned worries Thursday about the pace of the economy's recovery.

Other days

posted: 09/25/2009 3:25 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1909 That the State Capitol Commission will probably begin advertising for bids on the work of completing the state capitol structure by Oct. 10, that the architect's plans will probably be finished by Oct. 20

How big was the crowd?

posted: 09/25/2009 3:23 a.m.

Numbers don't lie, right?

Before the Obama Show

posted: 09/25/2009 3:22 a.m.

Twenty-five years ago NBC took a risk. In late September, the network launched a half-hour situation comedy about a prosperous, well-educated family whose children actually listened to their parents without a lot of wisecracks.

LETTERS

posted: 09/25/2009 3:20 a.m.

Makeover vital for prison system It is time to take a hard look at our prison system.

Not the smiling kind: What a mess

posted: 09/25/2009 3:18 a.m.

A Yankee fella I knew was puzzled and a little bit upset when a Southern belle called him "a mess." Having grown up in Arkansas, I explained to him that there are two kinds of messes. The difference between them is whether the person delivering that pronouncement is grinning.

Crime isn't down at all

posted: 09/25/2009 3:17 a.m.

Another September, another FBI statistical crime report. And, once again, it delivers nothing of statistical significance.

Thursday, September 24

Hayes flees courthouse after guilty verdict

posted: 09/24/2009 7:14 p.m.

Terry Hayes, who was found guilty today on charges stemming from threatening to kill his 15-year-old son, fled from the courthouse during sentencing and was at large as of about 7 p.m.

Biker event sees 1 arrest, 1 accident

posted: 09/24/2009 10:02 a.m.

The first day of the Bikes, Blues and BBQ event in Fayetteville was fairly low-key from a police perspective, with several warnings, one arrest and one accident.

A hard loss to handle : Junior Casey Russell will be honored Friday night

posted: 09/24/2009 7:11 a.m.

A Gravette High School junior football player died Wednesday morning from a medical condition not related to football, Gravette Superintendent Andrea Kelly confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Praying at the pole

posted: 09/24/2009 7:09 a.m.

There's a bumper sticker that states, "There will be prayer in schools as long as there are tests in schools." But for the nearly 100 students who gathered at the Bentonville High School flagpole early Wednesday morning, the prayers had nothing to do with taking tests.

Showing off: Dealers use rally to feature newest bike models

posted: 09/24/2009 7:08 a.m.

With thousands of motorcycle riders and people interested in looking at motorcycles coming to Fayetteville for Bikes, Blues & BBQ, the rally is an opportunity for dealers to showcase their newest bikes and their features.

Our piece of the pie : Bikes, Blues and BBQ hits northwest Arkansas

posted: 09/24/2009 7:07 a.m.

It's Bikes, Blues and BBQ time again, and that translates into a whole lot more than thousands of motorcycles rolling into the region en route to the festivities in Fayetteville.

3 fired after animal euthanasia probe

posted: 09/24/2009 7:06 a.m.

Three employees of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter were terminated in the last 10 days, after problems were found during an investigation into complaints about euthanasia procedures.

Showing off : Dealers use rally to feature the newest bike models.

posted: 09/24/2009 7:04 a.m.

With thousands of motorcycle riders and people interested in looking at motorcycles coming to Fayetteville for Bikes, Blues & BBQ, the rally is an opportunity for dealers to showcase their newest bikes and their features.

Boozman calls for briefing

posted: 09/24/2009 7:02 a.m.

U.S. Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark., the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, D-S.D., sent a letter about the shortcomings in women veterans' health care to Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Downtown groups ease parking tension during festival

posted: 09/24/2009 7:02 a.m.

Some might consider parking to never be an easy task in and around downtown Fayetteville. This week, though, that task might be downright impossible at times.

Teen tells jury dad put gun to his head more than once

posted: 09/24/2009 7 a.m.

Washington County jurors heard a 15-year-old boy testify Wednesday that his father held a gun to his head more than once and threatened to kill him.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/24/2009 6:59 a.m.

Obituaries for September 24, 2009.

Dolls debut at Bentonville library

posted: 09/24/2009 6:57 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Library has launched a new public exhibit program by featuring a traveling doll exhibit in the library's Fireplace Room.

Community notes

posted: 09/24/2009 6:56 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 24, 2009.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/24/2009 6:54 a.m.

Events in Washington County for September 24, 2009.

Bisbee to host public conferences

posted: 09/24/2009 6:52 a.m.

In order to better communicate with the citizens of Benton County, County Judge Dave Bisbee is preparing to hold brown-bag-lunch speeches at noon each Friday for the remainder of his term.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/24/2009 6:52 a.m.

Obituaries & Death Notices for September 24, 2009.

Felonies pile up against Rogers man

posted: 09/24/2009 6:47 a.m.

A Rogers man is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager and taking explicit photographs of him.

Quorum Court to discuss jail fees tonight

posted: 09/24/2009 6:46 a.m.

When the Quorum Court meets tonight, it will do so to decide whether to increase the fees charged to local cities for housing prisoners in the county jail.

Jailer accused of hindering arrest resigns

posted: 09/24/2009 6:45 a.m.

A Hispanic radio personality has resigned her other job as a Washington County Detention Center officer after she was accused of lying to Springdale police.

Holiday cookbook in the works

posted: 09/24/2009 6:42 a.m.

Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning will publish favorite recipes in a holiday edition of "Serving Your Comfort Foods." Aire Serv, a climatecontrol company that has been serving the community for more than 30 years, wants people to share their favorite recipes and be a part of history at the same time.

Times Editorial : No, those hogs

posted: 09/24/2009 6:41 a.m.

They're back - thousands of motorcycles, far more than authorities or even the most intrepid journalists among us would ever bother trying to count.

OUR VIEW : Safety first

posted: 09/24/2009 6:40 a.m.

Give some credit to David Hadsell for bowing out of his job of manager of the Rogers Recycling Center as gracefully as he could.

GUEST COLUMN : The coming referendum

posted: 09/24/2009 6:39 a.m.

At the time of this writing, the Democrat-controlled Congress is considering passing a vastly unpopular national health care program by using questionable parliamentary tricks. The trick of which I speak is the so-called "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate. Simply put, this is a method by which the political party in control of the Senate may bring to a vote a matter with a simple majority of senators' consent as opposed to the typical filibuster-proof majority of 60 members.

Thorup triumphs

posted: 09/24/2009 6:38 a.m.

Lots of towns across America's plains and prairies are home to public libraries that, in turn, operate on small budgets and realistic expectations. Many of those places probably aren't seen as being among the "hot spots" of community involvement, and it's very likely that they don't come equipped with coffee shops and parking garages.

LETTERS

posted: 09/24/2009 6:37 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 24, 2009.

Doctor's advice

posted: 09/24/2009 6:35 a.m.

According to Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas, any of the following symptoms of the flu would warrant a trip to the emergency room: Fast breathing or trouble breathing; Bluish or gray skin color; Not drinking enough fluids; Severe or persistent vomiting ; Lack of interaction or difficulty waking up; Irritability (in the case of a child not wanting to be held); Flu-like symptoms improve but return with fever and a worse cough.

Guest Commentary : The degrading of debate

posted: 09/24/2009 6:34 a.m.

I don't understand why people are criticizing Rep.

OTHER OPINIONS : Missile sense

posted: 09/24/2009 6:33 a.m.

President Obama made a sound strategic decision, scrapping former President George W. Bush's technologically dubious plan to build a long-range missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Instead, the Pentagon will deploy a less-ambitious but more feasible system of interceptors and sensors, first on ships and later on land.

Foreign Affairs : Cracks in Iran's clique

posted: 09/24/2009 6:32 a.m.

For the first time since Iran began enriching uranium that could be used in a nuclear weapon, we have a glimmer of hope for a diplomatic solution to this problem - as long as we are not too diplomatic, as long as the Iranian regime is made to understand that biting economic sanctions are an absolute certainty and military force by Israel is a live possibility.

City uses new traffic control methods

posted: 09/24/2009 6:30 a.m.

Traffic flow will be controlled a bit differently for this year's Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally.

Panthers take balanced offense to Greenbrier

posted: 09/24/2009 6:28 a.m.

Success in the nonconference schedule is nothing new for the Siloam Springs football team.

Clamping down : Greenland, Lincoln focus on limiting mistakes

posted: 09/24/2009 6:27 a.m.

With comparable offensive systems and identical 1-2 records, Greenland and Lincoln's 1-3 A Conference opener Friday night pits two teams closely akin to each other.

Mounties await word on their frontrunner

posted: 09/24/2009 6:26 a.m.

Seven-time defending Class 7A state cross country champion Rogers should know later this week the status is its No. 1 runner, Jeremiah Fleeman, head coach Carlton Efurd said Tuesday.

Franklin, Ford back in Hogs' game plan

posted: 09/24/2009 6:25 a.m.

Off last year's bad defense, Jerry Franklin and Elton Ford provided two good reasons for Arkansas to expect better things. But neither sophomore last Saturday was available when things went bad for Arkansas in Georgia's 17-0 second quarter and beyond in the Razorbacks' 52-41 SEC loss in Fayetteville.

Gatling's View : It's go-go-go with FS Northside's hurry-up 'O'

posted: 09/24/2009 6:24 a.m.

Here's what I know I know War Eagle fans heading to Fort Smith for Friday's football game against Northside will marvel at how quickly the Grizzlies snap the football after every play. There is hurry-up and there is Northside's hurry-up.

Cowboys hope to keep pace in league

posted: 09/24/2009 6:22 a.m.

Miscues are part of football. It's how one responds to failure that is the difference between champions and those who lag behind in the chase.

Pioneers second at 4A regional at The Creeks

posted: 09/24/2009 6:21 a.m.

Host Shiloh Christian won the Class 4A Region 1 Boys Golf Tournament on Tuesday, edging Gentry by 10 strokes at The Creeks Golf Course.

Ramay faces improving, winless Heritage

posted: 09/24/2009 6:20 a.m.

Ramay notched its first win last Thursday night, defeating Springdale Southwest 14-6 to get back to.500 in Northwest Arkansas Conference play.

BHS faces Lady 'Dogs on road

posted: 09/24/2009 6:19 a.m.

A week ago, Bentonville volleyball coach Michelle Coens credited a homecourt advantage for helping her team pull out a key 7A-West victory.

FHS hosts Lady Tigers in pivotal volleyball match

posted: 09/24/2009 6:17 a.m.

The Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs will seek to a create a knot at the top of the 7A-West volleyball standings tonight when they host the Bentonville Lady Tigers.

Youth Run T-shirt-design contest under way

posted: 09/24/2009 6:15 a.m.

Children in kindergarten through the eighth grade can submit a creative and original design that will be used on the front of all T-shirts to be distributed to participants in the 12th annual Kendrick Fincher Youth Run and 5K Run/ Walk on May 15, 2010, in Rogers. Judging will be based on how the design creatively incorporates the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation's mission to prevent heat illness (for example: themes related to proper hydration, exercising, keeping cool). Previous winning entries can be viewed on the Web site www.kendrickfincher.org. All entries will become the property of the Kendrick Fincher Foundation and will not be returned.

Purdy takes medalist honors in 4A Regional golf tourney

posted: 09/24/2009 6:14 a.m.

Dedication and desire paid off for Farmington High's Jason Purdy Tuesday as he shot a 2-over par 73 to garner medalist honors in the 4A Regional Golf Tournament at the Creeks.

Knight the next in line

posted: 09/24/2009 6:10 a.m.

Fort Smith Northside head coach Darrell Henry said there's no secret about his program producing a dual threat at quarterback year after year.

Governor to name fill-in for Kennedy

posted: 09/24/2009 5:20 a.m.

Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday granted the governor the power to appoint an interim replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Troop request depends on plan for Afghanistan, Pentagon says

posted: 09/24/2009 5:20 a.m.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that a request for new troops from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan may have to be revised amid growing uncertainty inside the Obama administration over whether to escalate the American commitment to the eightyear war.

Curfew-trapped Hondurans seek food

posted: 09/24/2009 5:19 a.m.

Hungry Hondurans scrambled through looted stores and lined up for food Wednesday during a break in a long curfew called to halt violence that broke out with the return of the country's deposed leftist president.

Teacher killed at Texas school

posted: 09/24/2009 5:18 a.m.

A specialeducation teacher was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in a Texas high school classroom, and police took a 16-year-old student into custody.

Iraqi: U.K. soldiers killed son, laughed

posted: 09/24/2009 5:18 a.m.

British soldiers laughed as they beat an Iraqi hotel receptionist to death, the man's father said Wednesday as he gave evidence to an inquiry into the slaying.

Dust storm, worst in 70 years, blankets Sydney

posted: 09/24/2009 5:17 a.m.

Red Outback grit shrouded Australia's largest city Wednesday, blotting out such landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and even reaching underground to coat subway stations. The country's worst dust storm in 70 years diverted planes and produced an eerie orange sky.

Sweden thieves use copter, bombs in cash-depot heist

posted: 09/24/2009 5:16 a.m.

Masked gunmen used a stolen helicopter and explosives to engineer a raid on a cash depot in Stockholm on Wednesday, breaking into the building through the roof and flying off with bags of cash, police and officials said.

State rejects judge's offer to dismiss suit

posted: 09/24/2009 5:15 a.m.

Oklahoma on Wednesday rejected a federal judge's offer to dismiss the state's lawsuit against poultry companies so the matter of the Cherokee Nation's role in the case can be resolved.

Cases of flu on rise in area

posted: 09/24/2009 5:14 a.m.

Some medical providers in Northwest Arkansas are encouraging patients with mild symptoms of suspected influenza to call first and avoid simply showing up at a clinic or emergency room.

FORT SMITH: 25 picket at postal stations

posted: 09/24/2009 5:14 a.m.

Postal workers in Fort Smith staged a rally Wednesday to make the public aware that two postal stations in Fort Smith are on a closure list and what residents can do about it.

FAYETTEVILLE: Patches provide map of bikers' travels

posted: 09/24/2009 5:13 a.m.

Whether in faded denim or new leather, vests adorned with patches and pins tell stories of people who ride on two wheels.

People doctor makes call on injured horse

posted: 09/24/2009 5:12 a.m.

The barn stall wasn't the sterile, well-equipped hospital operating room Dr. Pamela Howard was used to, and the 680-pound patient on the floor was a long stretch from her usual patients in the burn center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Inquiry is sought in Ross deal

posted: 09/24/2009 5:12 a.m.

A Washington advocacy group Wednesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether Arkansas' U.S. Rep. Mike Ross accepted a bribe from a pharmacy chain while he was in a position to influence health-care policy.

Farmers brood over lawsuit

posted: 09/24/2009 5:11 a.m.

Among farmers raising chickens and turkeys in the Illinois River watershed, perhaps no one has more at stake in the federal lawsuit over poultrylitter spreading than Steve Butler of Siloam Springs.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/24/2009 5:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Obama: Unite on world's ills

posted: 09/24/2009 5:11 a.m.

President Barack Obama pledged a new willingness to work with the world's nations in his first U.N. address Wednesday, but he demanded of them in return a renewed sense of responsibility about confronting the globe's crises.

Panel spars over bill, Medicare

posted: 09/24/2009 5:09 a.m.

Sweeping health-care legislation cleared its first hurdles in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday as Democrats turned back a series of proposed changes by Republicans depicting the measure as a threat to Medicare.

Trump tent for Gadhafi removed

posted: 09/24/2009 5:08 a.m.

A tent on Donald Trump's estate in suburban New York City was dismantled Wednesday, and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi apparently will not be showing up there at all.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/24/2009 5:08 a.m.

Martha Pendleton will be the new executive director of the Cancer Support Foundation in Fort Smith, the foundation board announced Wednesday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/24/2009 5:08 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "You've got your history on you." Tom Brown, of Stonewall, La., explaining that patches on bikers' clothing tell a story Article, 1B

Stagnant waters present new peril to soaked Georgia

posted: 09/24/2009 5:08 a.m.

Georgia residents returning Wednesday to homes soaked by days of torrential rains were warned of a hidden danger - disease-causing bacteria and jagged debris harbored by stagnant, murky water.

COMMENTARY: Sensible man still guides family

posted: 09/24/2009 5:06 a.m.

Early in his life, Paul Carter had two choices, each about the same distance from the house where he was born 69 years ago.

Look away, look away, Dixieland

posted: 09/24/2009 5:05 a.m.

Old times there are not forgotten. Snaking up narrow old state Highway 13 a few Saturdays back on the way to 'umphrey, winding our way past the little yards that come right up to the roadway, there it was: a scene out of the old, storybook South.

Gravette in shock over loss

posted: 09/24/2009 5:05 a.m.

Gravette High School's football team was stunned Wednesday after learning of the death of junior offensive lineman Casey Russell, Coach Bill Harrelson said.

5A-West report

posted: 09/24/2009 5:04 a.m.

Greenwood Coach Rick Jones doesn't expect any letdown after the Bulldogs' wild 54-51 victory against Shiloh Christian last week.

Dickey-Stephens, LSU trips highlight UA schedule

posted: 09/24/2009 5:02 a.m.

A game in North Little Rock and a series at defending national champion LSU are among the highlights on Arkansas' 2010 baseball schedule that was released Wednesday.

UA sports roundup

posted: 09/24/2009 5:01 a.m.

Arkansas' tennis team gets a taste of life after Blake Strode this weekend at the Baylor Invitational, which begins Friday in Waco, Texas.

In the news

posted: 09/24/2009 4:58 a.m.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader who is in Memphis to receive the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, toured the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and draped a white shawl over a wreath that hangs on the balcony where King was shot in 1968.

Class 4A report

posted: 09/24/2009 4:58 a.m.

All eyes will be on the scoreboard Friday night when Shiloh Christian hosts Berryville, but the Saints have been focused more on the trainer's room this week.

No-nonsense approach works well for Hoskins

posted: 09/24/2009 4:57 a.m.

Huntsville Coach Ken Harriman said Phillip Hoskins might not pass the eye test, but he passes just about every other one on a football field.

Names and faces

posted: 09/24/2009 4:57 a.m.

Former child star Mackenzie Phillips said Wednesday that her father, John Phillips, who was a leader of the 1960s pop group The Mamas and the Papas, raped her when she was a teenager and that her sexual relationship with him later became what she termed "consensual."

The nation in brief

posted: 09/24/2009 4:57 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Nobody is going to mess with your benefits. Nobody.

Talent tops grit in Battle of Springdale

posted: 09/24/2009 4:56 a.m.

So what's the best town for high school football in Arkansas?

The world in brief

posted: 09/24/2009 4:56 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone." President Barack Obama, addressing the United Nations Article, 1A

Ahead of summit, U.S. urges change of financial ways

posted: 09/24/2009 4:53 a.m.

The Obama administration on Wednesday cautioned against complacency on the eve of a global economic summit, arguing that signs of an economic revival are not grounds for abandoning a significant overhaul of the world's financial system.

Linking State Fair site, I-30 would take 7 years

posted: 09/24/2009 4:53 a.m.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's proposal to build an interchange on Interstate 30 and an alternate route to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds across the Fourche Creek Bottoms will be a costly and lengthy project, state transportation experts say.

Planned agency's scope pared

posted: 09/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

Ceding ground amid growing business opposition, the Obama administration has signaled a willingness to exempt retailers, real estate brokers, lawyers and auto dealers from oversight of its proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

2 banks curbing overdraft charges

posted: 09/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., the two biggest U.S. banks by deposits, are cutting overdraft fees amid criticism from lawmakers over the way the lenders charge customers.

DEAD SOLID PERFECT: Arkansas golf schedule loaded during football season

posted: 09/24/2009 4:52 a.m.

In this time of nearly nonstop football, there's a lot going on in Arkansas golf this week.

AERT gets Nasdaq stay

posted: 09/24/2009 4:51 a.m.

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies on Wednesday said Nasdaq, the country's largest electronic stock exchange, granted the deck board manufacturer a three-month extension to comply with "continued listing" requirements.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 09/24/2009 4:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Getting on the defensive

posted: 09/24/2009 4:38 a.m.

Torched by quarterback Joe Cox and a fleet of Georgia receivers in last Saturday's 52-41 loss, the Arkansas pass defense has had to get back to the drawing board and the teaching field as it prepares for a difficult SEC stretch, starting Saturday at No. 3 Alabama.

Burnett helps Yankees top Angels in Anaheim

posted: 09/24/2009 4:37 a.m.

Ian Kennedy's 20 friends and family members could scarcely stand to watch while the New York Yankees reliever's first appearance in over a year went from an inspiration to a budding nightmare.

Final has meaning this time

posted: 09/24/2009 4:36 a.m.

So many scenarios. So many good players. So much money on the line.

LIKE IT IS: Kreth is a friend, a Bama fan and a fighter

posted: 09/24/2009 4:34 a.m.

It was a Tuesday afternoon, and it was meant as a joke.

Off the wire

posted: 09/24/2009 4:34 a.m.

BASEBALL Cox to retire after 2010 Bobby Cox will retire as manager of the Atlanta Braves after next season, ending a career in which he guided the team to 14 consecutive postseason appearances and the 1995 World Series title.

COMMENTARY: Romo not a championship-caliber QB

posted: 09/24/2009 4:33 a.m.

One should never fault a person for not being who you want them to be.

Golf report

posted: 09/24/2009 4:32 a.m.

Benton the best in state With his victory last week in the River Valley Men's Stroke Play Championship, Cabot's Nicklaus Benton has won the Arkansas State Golf Association's Player of the Year Award.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/24/2009 4:32 a.m.

Coach pays for team's poor play Plenty of disgruntled fans have said they wanted their money back after an underwhelming performance.

SEC report

posted: 09/24/2009 4:30 a.m.

Streak end no big deal to Tebow Something odd happened in No. 1 Florida's 23-13 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

No. 4 Rebels look to shine in national spotlight

posted: 09/24/2009 4:30 a.m.

The fourth-ranked Mississippi Rebels sure sound ready for their college football close up.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/24/2009 4:29 a.m.

Defense had some positives Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said he doesn't plan to make any changes in the starting lineup for Saturday's game at No. 3 Alabama.

Other days

posted: 09/24/2009 4:29 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 24, 1909 At a meeting of the Finance Committee of the City Council held in the mayor's office yesterday afternoon, Chief of Police McMahon was instructed to start a crusade at once to compel vehicle owners of the city to pay the license fees provided for by the city ordinances.

LB apologizes for his outburst

posted: 09/24/2009 4:27 a.m.

Jerry Franklin stood at the lectern and spoke hesitantly, in clipped sentences.

Troy's pass attack impresses Roberts

posted: 09/24/2009 4:27 a.m.

Arkansas State defensive backs will need to be on their toes Saturday when the Red Wolves open Sun Belt Conference play at home against Troy.

The underdogs

posted: 09/24/2009 4:26 a.m.

It is a good reflection on Americans that they tend to be on the side of the underdog. But it is often hard to tell who is in fact the underdog, or why.

State briefs

posted: 09/24/2009 4:26 a.m.

BASEBALL Former Natural to start for Royals The Kansas City Royals purchased the contract of Northwest Arkansas Naturals right-hander Anthony Lerew on Wednesday. Lerew, 26, went 10-6 with a 4.09 ERA for the Northwest Arkansas this year and was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two playoff starts.

Danger: Lottery ahead

posted: 09/24/2009 4:26 a.m.

CAN IT REALLY be happening so fast? It's coming next week?

Finish the job in Afghanistan

posted: 09/24/2009 4:25 a.m.

As the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan nears, with no end to the war in sight, the chorus of voices clamoring for withdrawal is rising. What used to be seen as the "good war" is now seen as a confusing conflict that shows little promise of success no matter how many U.S. and allied troops are involved and how long they stay.

LETTERS

posted: 09/24/2009 4:24 a.m.

As a three-tour combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I have seen enough commentaries like "A late 'sorry' isn't good enough" by Joseph L. Galloway written by people who continually scrape the scabs of war.

Public option vital to reform

posted: 09/24/2009 4:23 a.m.

There have always been two basic arguments for health insurance reform, one based in morality, the other self-interest.

Ford rolls out small car for Asia

posted: 09/24/2009 4:19 a.m.

Ford Motor Co. unveiled a made-in-India compact car on Wednesday as it seeks to increase sales in Asia, a region the U.S. automaker has hardly dented but is counting on to drive growth.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/24/2009 4:17 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We simply cannot walk away from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and not do everything in our power to reform the system that contributed to this breakdown." Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary Article, 1D

Analyst Collins lists debt in filing

posted: 09/24/2009 4:17 a.m.

Jeff Collins, economist with Streetsmart Data Services in Springdale, has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fayetteville.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/24/2009 4:16 a.m.

Acxiom acquires firm to establish new unit Little Rock-based Acxiom Corp. on Wednesday said it has acquired DMS, or Direct Marketing Services, in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks fall despite Fed's report

posted: 09/24/2009 4:16 a.m.

Stocks closed lower Wednesday as a brief rally followed the Fed's economic statement and then faded.

THE TV COLUMN: FlashForward: Ever wonder where the time goes?

posted: 09/24/2009 4:09 a.m.

We all love TV shows with juicy conspiracy theories.

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 09/24/2009 4:08 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did the devil come from? Has he always existed? - F.R.L.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/24/2009 4:06 a.m.

Happy birthday. Love intrigues you in the weeks to come, as there is always more to learn about the object of your affection. You take your work in an artistic direction in November. Friends gravitate toward you in the new year because the party is always where you are. February features a reliable new source of income. Aquarius and Virgo people adore you.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 09/24/2009 4:05 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What is the proper way to clean and wash men's neckties without damaging or spoiling the interfacing material that is inside the necktie?

Canoe-dling

posted: 09/24/2009 3:50 a.m.

Recent float-fishing trips on the Kings River with Wayne Williams of Rockhouse and Terry Fredrick of Fayetteville provided occasions to appreciate their custom-built canoe carriers.

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

posted: 09/24/2009 3:49 a.m.

The annual Beaver Lake Cleanup will be Saturday, with headquarters at Rocky Branch Recreation Area east of Rogers.

Fishing report

posted: 09/24/2009 3:47 a.m.

Northwest & North-Central Arkansas BEAVER As of Wednesday, the lake was at 1,120.8 feet, a few inches below normal level.

NORTHWEST TERRITORY: Deer count heartens bowhunters

posted: 09/24/2009 3:47 a.m.

Bowhunters are by nature an optimistic crew. So as always, hopes are high for the Oct. 1 opening of archery deer season in Northwest Arkansas.

Wednesday, September 23

Fayetteville: City announces traffic changes for rally

posted: 09/23/2009 5:33 p.m.

The city of Fayetteville announced traffic changes Wednesday for Bikes, Blues & BBQ. The changes affect the intersection of Dickson Street and College Avenue.

Oklahoma Lottery Commission rethinking strategy

posted: 09/23/2009 11:12 a.m.

Oklahoma Lottery sales are projected to decline due to the slumping economy and competition from the new Arkansas Lottery, reducing revenue for public education by up to $4 million by 2011, the state Lottery Commission was told Tuesday.

Nebraska federal trial set in case against Tyson Foods

posted: 09/23/2009 8:40 a.m.

A January 2011 federal trial is set for a class-action lawsuit filed against Tyson Foods by Nebraska workers who argue they weren't paid for prep work.

A Scout is courageous

posted: 09/23/2009 7:26 a.m.

When Michael Swisher was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, his family knew things were going to be different and difficult.

Old boundaries could turn fuzzy

posted: 09/23/2009 7:25 a.m.

In July, county administrator Chris Glass met with representatives from cities in Benton County in an attempt to clearly define planning jurisdictions.

Police to watch bike-rally crowd from above

posted: 09/23/2009 7:23 a.m.

Area law-enforcement offices plan to have a bird's-eye view during this week's Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, which starts today and ends Saturday.

Stitt building secures platinum rating

posted: 09/23/2009 7:21 a.m.

Orlo Stitt's office on South Eighth Street here is a landmark for more reasons than the solar panels on the roof, but that is the only thing that makes the building stand out to passersby.

Fayetteville man gets 25 years for selling coke, pot

posted: 09/23/2009 7:20 a.m.

A Fayetteville man faces a 25-year prison sentence after admitting Monday that he sold cocaine and marijuana.

CORRECTION

posted: 09/23/2009 7:19 a.m.

A story in Saturday's Daily Record incorrectly listed a tribute ride from Fayetteville to the Avoca City Park as a parade. Also, the Ghost Rider Association was responsible for bringing the replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to Avoca. The Daily Record apologizes for the errors.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/23/2009 7:18 a.m.

Obituaries for September 23, 2009.

Fall Festival coming to Rogers on Oct. 3

posted: 09/23/2009 7:13 a.m.

On Oct. 3, Main Street Rogers will host the fifth annual Fall Festival in the Rogers Historic District.

Buddy Rogers enters U.S. Senate race

posted: 09/23/2009 7:11 a.m.

Buddy Rogers announced Tuesday he will be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010, the candidate's Web site states.

Local lawmakers throw dirt on tunnel plan

posted: 09/23/2009 7:10 a.m.

Two state lawmakers from Benton County declined Monday to sign off on a recommendation to construct a $1.8 million pedestrian tunnel between the state Capitol in Little Rock and a state building west of it.

Dozens of retailers ready for lottery

posted: 09/23/2009 7:08 a.m.

Thirty-six retailers in Fayetteville are approved to sell lottery tickets when the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. Monday. They will earn 5 percent of ticket sales and expect lottery customers to spend more on impulse items after being drawn inside stores.

View on high: Police to watch bike rally crowd from tower

posted: 09/23/2009 7:07 a.m.

Area law enforcement offices plan to have a bird's-eye view during this week's Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, which starts today and ends Saturday.

Election Commission preparing for school-board runoff, annexation

posted: 09/23/2009 7:06 a.m.

Benton County election commissioners are getting ready for at least three separate elections over the next few weeks.

JPs set budget plans for sheriff, animal control

posted: 09/23/2009 7:05 a.m.

Washington County Quorum Court members sorted through another phase of the budget proposal process with little trouble Tuesday, approving budget requests for the sheriff's office and animal control with hardly any debate.

Watkins appointed by governor

posted: 09/23/2009 7:04 a.m.

A Rogers man, Bill Watkins III, was named recently to the state Task Force on Water Quality and to the Task Force on Water Source Protection.

OUR VIEW : Tough call

posted: 09/23/2009 7:03 a.m.

Monday was a happy day in Siloam Springs: The Benton County Health Department finally was able to reopen an office there. To which we say hooray, and it's about time. Our friends on the west side of the county had gone 2 1/2 years without the Health Department's presence there, despite great demand for its services. It is a shame that it took so long.

Officials expect to have H1N1 shots for clinics

posted: 09/23/2009 7:02 a.m.

After gathering recent reports, Washington County Department of Emergency Management officials are now anticipating to have the H1N1 vaccine available for the county's mass flu clinics, which are to be held Oct. 29.

LETTERS

posted: 09/23/2009 7:01 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 23, 2009.

Thorup: Schaper 'grooming me' for 4 years

posted: 09/23/2009 6:59 a.m.

One day after accepting a job as the next executive director of the Fayetteville Public Library, Shawna Thorup said she's been groomed four years for the position.

Pica Pole : Fascination with stars is universal

posted: 09/23/2009 6:58 a.m.

Did you feel it? Do you remember where you were at 4:18 p.m. Tuesday?

Blending successes : The Bentonville School District seeks seamless transitions and clearer policies for its TREC Center, Advanced Placement and other Gifted and Talented programs.

posted: 09/23/2009 6:56 a.m.

It's become clear the Bentonville School District's decision to start the TREC Center five years ago was a good one.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/23/2009 6:56 a.m.

Events in Washington County for Sept. 29, 2009.

Sharing and Caring program accepting applications soon

posted: 09/23/2009 6:54 a.m.

Sharing and Caring of Benton County will accept applications for its annual Christmas-present giveaway from Oct. 5 through Oct. 23 at the First United Methodist Church in Bentonville.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/23/2009 6:53 a.m.

Neioma Murray, Tina Louise Smith, Vaneta May Hurley, Geraldine Bettie Hays, Richard Turner

Friends donate $5,000 to Bentonville library for Playaways

posted: 09/23/2009 6:50 a.m.

On July 1, Playaway audiobooks were introduced as a new collection at the Bentonville Public Library, thanks to the Friends of the Library. Recently, the Friends of the Bentonville Library donated an additional $5,000 toward the Playaway collection.

'Star Wars' high school design popular in Elkins

posted: 09/23/2009 6:49 a.m.

There are some "Star Wars" fans in Elkins. The proposed "Star Wars" design for a new Elkins High School, named after the iconic movie series, turned out to be one of the most well-received designs at a steering committee meeting Tuesday.

Rogers Republican running for US Senate

posted: 09/23/2009 6:48 a.m.

Republican Buddy Rogers announced on his Web site Tuesday that he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

POA announces board, committee vacancies

posted: 09/23/2009 6:48 a.m.

The Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association seeks property owners to serve on its board of directors and several committees.

Times Editorial : The disappearing

posted: 09/23/2009 6:46 a.m.

Sept. 15, the Fayetteville City Council was set to decide a request for a zoning change. A property owner, Billy Joe Bartholomew, owner of a defunct livestock sale barn, wished to sell his land to Campus Crest, a North Carolina-based college housing developer. Rezoning the land (from Industrial to Downtown General) would have made this possible.

Pig Trail Harley-Davidson brings BB&B festivities to Rogers

posted: 09/23/2009 6:46 a.m.

Pig Trail Harley-Davidson is bringing all of the excitement of Bikes, Blues and BBQ north from Dickson Street into the heart of Rogers as the dealership hosts several events for the bikers taking part in the rally.

Eyeing second bond installment

posted: 09/23/2009 6:44 a.m.

The city of Bentonville is preparing to dip into the second installment of voter-approved bond money. And there are some advantages to doing so now, according to Mayor Bob McCaslin and Financial Director Denise Land.

TABLE FOR ONE : What recession?

posted: 09/23/2009 6:43 a.m.

I was standing on the fourth level of the south side of Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday watching a sea of red move up Razorback Road like a giant carpet. On the west side of the stadium was another sea of red that extended up Markham Road all the way to Cross Avenue and beyond. An equal number of fans converged on the stadium from the north. An hour before the game against Georgia was set to begin the stadium was already half filled with excited fans.

Court changing hiring policy

posted: 09/23/2009 6:42 a.m.

When Judge Brad Karren hires a replacement for Ashley Ladouceur, the deputy court clerk fired earlier this month, there will be one more hurdle to negotiate.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/23/2009 6:41 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Washington County for September 23, 2009.

Womack appoints new planning commissioner

posted: 09/23/2009 6:39 a.m.

Just in time, Mayor Steve Womack appointed a new planning commissioner. Dan Brown's term ends today, leaving him free to travel with his wife. Tuesday's confirmation from the City Council assured that there would be no vacancies in the near future.

West Fork officer hurt in 4-wheeler wreck

posted: 09/23/2009 6:38 a.m.

A West Fork police officer is recovering from neck and back injuries that he suffered during a four-wheeler accident over the Labor Day weekend.

Bentonville woman named to nutrition advisory panel

posted: 09/23/2009 6:37 a.m.

Sheree Miller of Bentonville has been named to the Arkansas Nutrition Advisory Committee. The committee was formed recently by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.,to help her gather input on nutrition issues as she serves as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Community notes

posted: 09/23/2009 6:36 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 23, 2009.

Neon Deon : Clay making most of opportunities on both sides of ball

posted: 09/23/2009 6:35 a.m.

Deon Clay didn't have to wait long for his time to shine. Farmington's super sophomore is seeing plenty of the spotlight early in his Cardinal career. Clay's performance forFarmington so far suggests that a bright future lies ahead if he maintains this pace.

MY POINT EXACTLY : FHS has no room for error against Bentonville

posted: 09/23/2009 6:33 a.m.

Perfect games don't come around very often. But Fayetteville will need to pitch an error-free contest to knock off top-ranked defending state champion Bentonville in both squads' 7A-West Conference opener Friday at Harmon Field. The Tigers are surrendering a measly 6.3 points per game and have outscored their opposition 196-19 in a 3-0 start.

Rhine plays his 'dream game'

posted: 09/23/2009 6:32 a.m.

Ethan Rhine's gut ached, standing on the sidelines as a junior with seven pins and a steel plate holding his broken collarbone together.

Hogs O-line prepares to battle Tide's 'Big guy'

posted: 09/23/2009 6:30 a.m.

It's not bulletin board material to say Arkansas' interior offensive line wants a piece of Terrence Cody.

Gentry set for third road game

posted: 09/23/2009 6:29 a.m.

Three games into the season, the Gentry Pioneers are already familiar with the challenges of playing on the road.

CLASS 3A FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK : Elkins succumbs to early-season injuries

posted: 09/23/2009 6:28 a.m.

Injuries have become a problem at many small county schools this week, and Elkins is no exception.

3-0 start first for Lions in six years

posted: 09/23/2009 6:27 a.m.

Lions football coach Bill Harrelson began the season with several newcomers starting on both sides of the ball, playing two of the first three games on the road.

State Fair proposals opened, face review by engineering firm

posted: 09/23/2009 6:26 a.m.

Sixteen proposals for new Arkansas State Fair locations were opened Tuesday, with six of the sites located near the Interstate 40/Interstate 440 interchange and four others west on I-40.

FAYETTEVILLE GOLF : FHS has final tune-up before 7A-West tourney

posted: 09/23/2009 6:26 a.m.

Fayetteville's dual match with Bentonville Tuesday also served as a practice round for Friday's 7AWest Conference golf tournament at Bella Vista Country Club.

9 dead as states gauge flood damage

posted: 09/23/2009 6:26 a.m.

The sun emerged Tuesday on neighborhoods, schools and even roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia awash in several feet of murky, brown water.

Tigers win fifth straight, host league tourney next

posted: 09/23/2009 6:25 a.m.

Tyrus Morey knew he had to have a good round to keep the Bentonville golf team's win streak alive.

Married officers die in murder-suicide

posted: 09/23/2009 6:25 a.m.

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police in a Detroit suburb said an off-duty officer fatally shot his wife in the parking lot of a library and then fatally shot himself. Sgt. Mark Gajeski of the Canton Township Public Safety Department said they both were Detroit officers who lived in Canton Township.

Baucus pushes for health-care changes

posted: 09/23/2009 6:24 a.m.

Bidding for support from Democrats as well as a single Republican, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee gaveled open a longawaited debate over health care Tuesday with fresh plans to reduce costs on working-class families and impose new obligations on the insurance industry.

French raze aliens' hovels

posted: 09/23/2009 6:24 a.m.

French police razed a squalid camp used by illegal aliens in scrubland near the English Channel port of Calais on Tuesday.

Former Razorback Anderson becomes a Legend

posted: 09/23/2009 6:24 a.m.

Though he never played in the SEC, former All-Southwest Conference running back Gary Anderson will represent the University of Arkansas in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Legends Class, the SEC Office announced Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.

House OKs stretch of jobless benefits

posted: 09/23/2009 6:23 a.m.

Jobless workers in imminent danger of losing their unemployment benefits would get a 13-week reprieve under legislation approved by the House on Tuesday.

Embassy holds Honduran leader, family

posted: 09/23/2009 6:23 a.m.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Baton-wielding soldiers used tear gas and water cannons to chase away thousands who demonstrated outside the Brazilian Embassy, leaving deposed President Manuel Zelaya and 70 friends and family trapped inside without water, electricity or phones.

Poultry trial players

posted: 09/23/2009 6:23 a.m.

Oklahoma's lawsuit against seven poultry companies with operations in Arkansas is expected to take eight weeks. Lawyers and expert witnesses have been preparing for the trial for years. JUDGE Greg Frizzell: The Wichita, Kan., native spent 10 years as a state court judge before being nominated in 2007 by President George W. Bush to fill a district judge's seat.

Poultry timeline

posted: 09/23/2009 6:23 a.m.

The federal trial scheduled to begin Thursday in Tulsa is the latest skirmish between Arkansas and Oklahoma over water quality and pollution from poultry manure in rivers and streams flowing into Oklahoma. 1992 In a dispute between Oklahoma and Fayetteville over sewer plant discharges, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled upstream states must meet water-quality limits of downstream states.

Lady Panthers win clash with main 5A contender

posted: 09/23/2009 6:23 a.m.

A jazzed up crowd got its money's worth here Tuesday night.

Prison in lockdown after bloody rioting

posted: 09/23/2009 6:22 a.m.

A California prison was under lockdown Tuesday as administrators investigated a riot involving rival Hispanic gangs that sent 24 inmates to hospitals, one in serious condition.

SPRINGDALE: Nothing bad about trips, chamber says

posted: 09/23/2009 6:22 a.m.

Officials with the Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday there's nothing wrong with rewarding volunteer salesmen with exotic trips to Turkey, Tahiti, Spain and Mexico - as long as they've earned it.

Obama nudges Israeli, Palestinian toward talks

posted: 09/23/2009 6:22 a.m.

President Barack Obama prodded Israeli and Palestinian leaders to relaunch Mideast peace negotiations Tuesday.

Sports Briefs

posted: 09/23/2009 6:22 a.m.

Sports briefs for Washington County for September 23, 2009.

Rogers man sets run on Lincoln

posted: 09/23/2009 6:21 a.m.

A financial adviser from Rogers announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat who is running for her third six-year term.

Dunn judge allows DNA

posted: 09/23/2009 6:21 a.m.

A judge agreed Tuesday to allow prosecutors to use DNA evidence they say links a Dover man to the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer, but he made no ruling on what the man's wife will be allowed to tell jurors.

Algebra test finds students not ready

posted: 09/23/2009 6:21 a.m.

One in 10 Arkansas students who took last year's multistate Algebra II Endof-Course test scored at the desired "prepared" or "well-prepared" levels.

FORT SMITH: Officials examine downtown flooding

posted: 09/23/2009 6:20 a.m.

City officials plan to study flooding problems downtown and north of downtown in hopes of providing funding for a solution under a fiveyear capital improvements program.

Fugitive in '05 cruelty case nabbed in Missouri

posted: 09/23/2009 6:19 a.m.

A former Baxter County man convicted in one of the largest animal-abuse cases in the nation was arrested Tuesday on a warrant accusing him of failing to show up for sentencing in Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/23/2009 6:18 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/23/2009 6:17 a.m.

The City Council on Tuesday set a hearing date of Nov. 10 to consider revoking the business license for Rio Bravo, a nightclub with a history of calls for police service.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/23/2009 6:16 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette SUSAN SCANTLIN Editor, Northwest Arkansas 515 Enterprise Drive Suite 106 Lowell, Ark. 72745 or call (479) 770-8460 during business hours Monday through Friday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/23/2009 6:14 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "We have nothing to hide and not a damned thing to apologize for." John Lea, a former chairman of the Springdale Chamber's executive board, on accusations leveled against the chamber Article, 1B

Sutton knows he cut it close

posted: 09/23/2009 6:13 a.m.

It seemed more like an inconvenience to Garrett Sutton than a serious injury.

Cards inch closer to division crown

posted: 09/23/2009 6:13 a.m.

Joel Pineiro rediscovered his midseason form and inched the St. Louis Cardinals closer to the National League Central title.

Small school report

posted: 09/23/2009 6:12 a.m.

Lamar has relied on a ferocious defensive effort the past two weeks to compensate for an offense that has struggled to finish off productive drives, but the 3-0 Warriors aren't complaining too much.

FEAT OF THE WEEK: Harris' best game spurs Greenwood

posted: 09/23/2009 6:12 a.m.

Greenwood Coach Rick Jones said last month that he believed senior wide receiver/ safety Spencer Harris would be a dominant player this fall.

GM to lift output, rehire 3,000

posted: 09/23/2009 6:11 a.m.

General Motors Co. will go to 24-hour operations at factories in Kansas, Michigan and Indiana to handle an expected increase in demand and to make up for production lost from a large-scale factory consolidation announced earlier in the year.

Hummer bidder: Michigan likely base

posted: 09/23/2009 6:11 a.m.

The Chinese company that's in the running to buy Hummer from General Motors Co. likely will locate the brand's corporate headquarters near Detroit, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Pharmacy sale was on up and up, price he got was fair, Ross states

posted: 09/23/2009 6:06 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Mike Ross lashed back at critics Tuesday, contending that he received a "fair price" for the Prescott pharmacy he sold in 2007 despite accounts questioning whether his take was "substantially more" than it was worth.

7th GOP challenger joins race for Lincoln's seat

posted: 09/23/2009 5:40 a.m.

A financial adviser from Rogers announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat who is running for her third six-year term.

Obama: Hard to act on climate change

posted: 09/23/2009 5:18 a.m.

President Barack Obama told the United Nations that efforts to reach a global accord on climate change will face "doubts and difficulties" in an economy struggling to emerge from a recession.

Rules sought to tap pay fat

posted: 09/23/2009 5:17 a.m.

The director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System said Tuesday that he will request an opinion from the state attorney general on whether the system has the legal authority to collect millions of dollars from retirees who returned to work but failed to report their earnings to the system.

Wind fans flames in California

posted: 09/23/2009 5:15 a.m.

New wildfires threatened homes in Southern California on Tuesday as hot and dry Santa Ana winds turned the region into a tinderbox.

In the news

posted: 09/23/2009 5:05 a.m.

Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, a West Virginia Democrat and the longest-serving senator in history, fell at his home in northern Virginia and was admitted to a Washington area hospital after blood tests showed his white blood-cell count was high, which raised the possibility of an infection, his office said in a statement.

Names and faces

posted: 09/23/2009 5:05 a.m.

A man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her rural Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God, authorities said Tuesday. Michael Lawrance Kozelka of Wisconsin was arrested last week after he went two consecutive days to the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel's husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.

The world in brief

posted: 09/23/2009 5:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The law of the jungle cannot last eternally." French Immigration Minister Eric Besson, on the destruction of an illegal alien camp at the port of Calais commonly known as "the jungle" Article, this page

The nation in brief

posted: 09/23/2009 5:03 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "There's things that you can't replace, but it's just stuff. But there are four people in our family and we're all safe so we're glad for that." Deborah Golden, whose split-level home in Atlanta was mostly underwater Article, 3A

Suit over poultry litter set to begin Thursday

posted: 09/23/2009 4:55 a.m.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson likened this week's poultry-litter trial to a child accused of raiding a cookie jar.

Ron Blasingame Whole Hog Cafe owner lived big

posted: 09/23/2009 4:35 a.m.

Ron Blasingame's life seemed to prepare him for the day he would open and run the Whole Hog Cafe and Catering Co.

Other days

posted: 09/23/2009 4:34 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1909 Anticipating in many counties that the revenue received from the county tax will exceed demands, as the result of the increase in property valuations and the discovery and assessment of much property that heretofore has escaped taxation

Mike Ross

posted: 09/23/2009 4:33 a.m.

MIKE ROSS is making a name for himself. A few years ago, Informed Reader would be forgiven for asking, "Mike who?"-especially if he didn't live in South Arkansas. But this year, the congressman from the Fourth District of Arkansas has been featured all over the news.

Picture this

posted: 09/23/2009 4:32 a.m.

Not that folks with an iPhone, complete with camera app, need be reminded, but it's definitely a visual age. Which could explain why it's a vulgarized one. Nothing can be hinted at any longer, it must be shown. Preferably in stark lighting. Which may explain the long decline and sudden fall of ACORN.

Easy nuts to crack

posted: 09/23/2009 4:31 a.m.

I don't know why people have their undies in a knot because some ACORN workers offered financial tips to a man and a woman posing as a pimp and a hooker.

Here's another

posted: 09/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

A reader with a flair for language notes our recent use of the simile, like grasping open air.

Lotsa bikes, blues and BBQ

posted: 09/23/2009 4:30 a.m.

It's. . . baaaaaack! Beginning midweek, those in and around downtown Fayetteville and atop its hills will hear the familiar thunder and roar well before actually laying eyes on the thousands of gleaming motorcycles convening for the 10th annual Bikes, Blues and Barbecue fall festival. Yee-ha !

LETTERS

posted: 09/23/2009 4:28 a.m.

Cost complaints come late After listening to lots of inaccurate charges being shouted at legislators during health care debates, I'd like to ask the following questions of the questioners.

Boondoggle Burrow

posted: 09/23/2009 4:24 a.m.

My vote for the You Said a Mouthful award goes to comments made last week by state Sen. Ruth Whitaker of Cedarville, to wit: "Why are we so crowded? We haven't increased the number of legislators. It is because of the growth of staff and government. Our citizens are hurting for food.

Hogs want to get in a rush

posted: 09/23/2009 4:21 a.m.

The results have been mostly good when Arkansas has called running plays this season - as long as you don't count the Razorbacks' goal-line tries.

NCAA to be led by Isch

posted: 09/23/2009 4:20 a.m.

James Isch, a former vice chancellor of finance and administration at Arkansas in 1994-1998, was named interim president of the NCAA on Tuesday.

Off the wire

posted: 09/23/2009 4:17 a.m.

BASEBALL Lasorda at Smithsonian The National Portrait Gallery has installed a painting of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda on his 82nd birthday. The life-sized portrait, measuring 60 inches by 50 inches, was installed Tuesday at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

COMMENTARY: FedEx Cup remains all about money

posted: 09/23/2009 4:16 a.m.

On an East Lake course that might require a canoe, Padraig Harrington is looking for a wheelbarrow.

LIKE IT IS: Fulmer confident Petrino will get job done

posted: 09/23/2009 4:16 a.m.

Phillip Fulmer was speaking to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday when he said: "To win the SEC, you have to have a quarterback who can make plays and you have to have a good defensive line." Fulmer should know. His Tennessee teams played for the championship five times and won it twice.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/23/2009 4:15 a.m.

NCAA puts stop to Treebow Say goodbye to Tim Treebow.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/23/2009 4:14 a.m.

GOLF ASU's Welch wins in sudden-death playoff Arkansas State's Jennifer Welch won the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., leading the Red Wolves to a second-place finish. Welch defeated Bradley's Breanne Neufeld on the second hole of a sudden death playoff for the first title of her college career.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/23/2009 4:10 a.m.

Coaches: Top WRs need rest Arkansas receivers Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams made a combined 12 catches for 308 yards against Georgia, but Coach Bobby Petrino said they played too many snaps in a game the Bulldogs rallied to win 52-41.

NFL notes

posted: 09/23/2009 4:09 a.m.

NFL Burress gets 2 years NEW YORK - Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a nightclub and later reaching a plea deal on weapons charges. Burress, 32, was indicted on two counts of weapon possession and one count of reckless endangerment and pleaded guilty Aug. 20.

ARKANSAS STATE: ASU title hopes begin with Troy

posted: 09/23/2009 4:09 a.m.

Arkansas State will try to take its first step toward a conference championship Saturday when it opens Sun Belt Conference play at home against Troy, the team picked by most in the preseason to win the league title.

China appeals media-sales ruling

posted: 09/23/2009 4:06 a.m.

China has appealed a World Trade Organization ruling that found its curbs on the sale of books, films and music from the U.S. are unfair.

July sees 0.3% rise in prices of homes

posted: 09/23/2009 4:03 a.m.

U.S. home prices rose 0.3 percent in July from the previous month, according to a government index.

FDIC looking to shore up fund

posted: 09/23/2009 4:02 a.m.

One provision of the wide-ranging Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which became law in May, was an extension of the $250,000 maximum on federally insured bank accounts to 2013.

ConAgra's profit falls 63%, but firm raises its outlook

posted: 09/23/2009 3:58 a.m.

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit dropped 63 percent compared with a year earlier - when it sold a business - but its adjusted profit beat estimates, and it raised its outlook.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/23/2009 3:53 a.m.

Jones, Lindsey, May, Clark to be honored Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys; Jim Lindsey, owner of Lindsey & Associates in Fayetteville; J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons First National Corp. in Pine Bluff; and the late William Clark, founder of CDI Contractors Inc. in Little Rock, will be inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in February.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/23/2009 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The general economic recovery is weak for one reason: Because the housing recovery is weak." David Crowe, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders Article, 1D 4 Arkansas firms on Newsweek list Arkansas-based companies got mixed reviews in Newsweek magazine's inaugural "green" rankings of the 500 largest U.S. companies' environmental initiatives.

MARKET REPORT: Commodity gains spur rebound

posted: 09/23/2009 3:51 a.m.

A rebound in commodities is drawing investors back into the stock market.

Check your knowledge

posted: 09/23/2009 3 a.m.

1. What are the two colors of a giant panda? 2. How many square feet in a square yard?

Tuesday, September 22

Rogers man announces Senate bid

posted: 09/22/2009 9:55 a.m.

A financial adviser from Northwest Arkansas says he's seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.

UA business hall names Jerry Jones, others

posted: 09/22/2009 8:57 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is among the four businessmen who are to be inducted next year into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Deputy court clerk fired for falsifying boyfriend's record

posted: 09/22/2009 7:23 a.m.

A Rogers District Court deputy clerk was fired earlier this month, accused with changing her boyfriend's court records, after she was suspended in connection with a bank deposit that disappeared from a court safe before it reappeared in a desk drawer.

New Health Department unit opens

posted: 09/22/2009 7:22 a.m.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, as members of the Benton County Health Department gathered outside of the new satellite office here for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a woman walked up and asked the group about scheduling an appointment.

Reinventing fall cleanup

posted: 09/22/2009 7:18 a.m.

When spring rolls around, normally anyone and everyone is looking for an excuse to get outside. So organizing citywide spring cleanup efforts is hardly a challenge.

Sales taxes tumble again

posted: 09/22/2009 7:17 a.m.

September's sales-tax revenue, reported to Bentonville and Rogers on Monday, indicated no economic relief as the recession apparently continues in northwest Arkansas.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/22/2009 7:16 a.m.

Obituaries for September 22, 2009.

Northwest Arkansans to talk about property taxes

posted: 09/22/2009 7:12 a.m.

State Sen. Kim Hendren's constituents and other northwest Arkansans will soon have a chance to talk about the state's assessment, evaluation and appraisal of property taxes, said Hendren, R-Gravette.

Turner to speak on Saturday

posted: 09/22/2009 7:11 a.m.

The Friends of Hobbs will welcome Ellen Turner to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area at 2 p.m. Saturday for her presentation on "Arkansas, the Natural State." She has contributed with research, education and outreach in Arkansas and across the country, most notably with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. She teaches at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.

Attorneys ask for interrogation suppression in murder case

posted: 09/22/2009 7:09 a.m.

Defense attorneys are seeking to have a client's interrogation suppressed so it cannot be used as evidence against him during his capital-murder trial next month.

Judge reduces bond in case

posted: 09/22/2009 7:08 a.m.

A local circuit judge agreed to reduce the bond for a Siloam Springs teen accused of exposing four girls to HIV through sexual contact.

Centerton man pleads not guilty

posted: 09/22/2009 7:06 a.m.

A Centerton man pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges that could lead to a long prison sentence.

Gentry man faces two sex-related charges

posted: 09/22/2009 7:05 a.m.

A Gentry man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges accusing him of raping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Community notes

posted: 09/22/2009 7:04 a.m.

Bald eagle to be released Sunday The second presentation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the new Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area visitors center on Arkansas Highway 12 just east of Rogers.

POLICE REPORTS

posted: 09/22/2009 7:02 a.m.

Police incidents reported for Benton County for September 22, 2009.

OUR VIEW : Combating suicide

posted: 09/22/2009 7 a.m.

As the country engages in a heated - and necessary - debate about health-care reform, we draw your attention to a health-related issue that often gets overlooked, but one that should matter to all Americans.

Liberties : Blue is the new black

posted: 09/22/2009 6:59 a.m.

Women are getting unhappier, I told my friend Carl.

LETTERS

posted: 09/22/2009 6:57 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 22, 2009.

OTHER OPINIONS : Caving to Big Labor

posted: 09/22/2009 6:53 a.m.

This didn't take long. : President Barack Obama imposed punitive tariffs on Chinesemade lower-price tires, and : China had announced it was considering tit-for-tat tariffs on imports of U.S. chicken and auto products.

Front four key for Heritage

posted: 09/22/2009 6:51 a.m.

Unbeaten and untested Heritage is counting on a stronger defense to lead it down a different path than last year's 0-7 record in the 7A-West Conference.

Trudo taking off for Tigers

posted: 09/22/2009 6:48 a.m.

There are several opinions as to why Tyler Trudo has emerged as a playmaker at wide receiver for the Bentonville Tigers.

Mounties hope home is to their advantage

posted: 09/22/2009 6:46 a.m.

Coach Ronnie Peacock wants to see his team take advantage of playing five of its first six games at home.

True team effort has tennis teams unbeaten

posted: 09/22/2009 6:43 a.m.

Both tennis teams at Bentonville High School remain undefeated this season and it's truly been a team effort, says coach Paul Pautsch.

Black tops Gold in volleyball

posted: 09/22/2009 6:42 a.m.

Katlyn Benham had 17 assists and three aces to help Bentonville Black defeat Bentonville Gold 25-11, 25-21 Monday night in a Northwest Arkansas Conference volleyball match.

Classes teach initiates how to ride

posted: 09/22/2009 6:41 a.m.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ brings thousands of motorcycles to Fayetteville for the rally. For individuals who have never learned how to ride and would like to start, though, there are a limited number of places in northwest Arkansas to take lessons.

Boon or bane? : Bikes, Blues & BBQ has created mixed feelings among local businesses.

posted: 09/22/2009 6:39 a.m.

Soon the roar of engines and the beat of drums will be blaring up and down Dickson Street, as the 10th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival comes to town beginning Wednesday. For many, that's music to the ears because the bike rally will be a sure-fire way to boost local business.

Future Farmers of America auction set for Oct. 3

posted: 09/22/2009 6:36 a.m.

With less than two weeks to go until their second annual alumni auction, the local chapter of Future Farmers of America and its supporters are gathering consignment items and crossing their fingers for a decent turnout.

JP-free appeals?: Quorum Court to consider taking itself out of planning board appeals

posted: 09/22/2009 6:34 a.m.

The Washington County Quorum Court appears ready to remove itself as the board of appeals on decisions made by the county planning board and the zoning board of adjustment.

Whitaker resigns post in city attorney's office

posted: 09/22/2009 6:33 a.m.

Fayetteville Assistant City Attorney David J. Whitaker resigned his position effective Friday.

Thorup to head Fayetteville library

posted: 09/22/2009 6:31 a.m.

Shawna Thorup is the new executive director of the Fayetteville Public Library, board of trustees Vice President Beverly Schaffer said Monday. She said the board offered Thorup the job Monday evening and she accepted. Her salary will be $85,000, and she starts Oct. 31.

Johnson not Prairie Grove-bound

posted: 09/22/2009 6:29 a.m.

Departing Fayetteville School District athletic director Dick Johnson will not be taking a job with the Prairie Grove School District, Superintendent Randy Willison said Monday.

Two indicted in federal child porn cases

posted: 09/22/2009 6:27 a.m.

Investigations conducted by the Springdale Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the U.S. Probation Office and the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force led to two indictments Thursday.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/22/2009 6:26 a.m.

Events for Washington County for Sept. 22, 2009.

Judge dismisses suit against Springdale over insurance

posted: 09/22/2009 6:24 a.m.

A circuit judge has ruled that the Springdale City Council lawfully helped pay for health insurance for four of its members.

Obituaries and Death Notices

posted: 09/22/2009 6:23 a.m.

Lloyd Munson, Irene R. Thompson, Cheryl Amelia "Sherry" McJunkin, Keith M. Gale, Terry W. Dutton

LINCOLN SCHOOL DISTRICT : Officials stress successes in annual district report

posted: 09/22/2009 6:17 a.m.

The Lincoln School District pulled out all the stops to get more than 250 parents, students and residents out to hear its annual report with an emphasis on district achievements.

Fayetteville man gets 25 years for selling coke, pot

posted: 09/22/2009 6:16 a.m.

A Fayetteville man faces a 25-year prison sentence after admitting Monday that he sold cocaine and marijuana.

Lecturer to examine Abraham Lincoln's views about slavery

posted: 09/22/2009 6:14 a.m.

Professor Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University, will speak on "Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the E.J. Ball Courtroom in the Leflar Law Center as part of the University of Arkansas Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts.

Times Editorial : Tending the garden

posted: 09/22/2009 6:13 a.m.

It was about a week ago when representatives of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission learned that the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks - one of those unique gems that will someday be among the city's crown jewels - is in the midst of some major financial heartache. Times are so tough, in fact, that the group needs $50,000 just to make it through winter.

JUST A THOUGHT : Schools, bikes and murals

posted: 09/22/2009 6:12 a.m.

Is it possible the Fayetteville School District will ask district voters for a millage increase to build a new Fayetteville High School in 2010? I'd say yes. It may even be probable.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/22/2009 6:10 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Washington County for September 22, 2009.

Target adds color to Asbell library

posted: 09/22/2009 6:08 a.m.

Employees from the Fayetteville Target store and other Target stores gathered Friday morning at Asbell Elementary School to give the library a paint job and a makeover.

School board to discuss millage defeat Thursday

posted: 09/22/2009 6:06 a.m.

Fayetteville School Board President Susan Heil is scheduled to give a report on the millage election results at the board's meeting 5 p.m. Thursday in the Adams Leadership Center, 1000 W. Stone St.

FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS : Activities bustling in shadow of millage vote

posted: 09/22/2009 6:05 a.m.

Believe it or else. There are things happening in theFayetteville Public Schools other than the recent millage election, though they aren't getting nearly thesame amount of ink or airtime. The sun did rise last Wednesday morning, and we're still here.

Higher Education Briefs

posted: 09/22/2009 6:03 a.m.

Higher education briefs for Washington County for September 22, 2009.

Fayetteville School Calendar

posted: 09/22/2009 6:02 a.m.

Fayetteville school calendar for September 22, 2009.

New county health unit opens in Siloam Springs

posted: 09/22/2009 6 a.m.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, as members of the Benton County Health Department gathered outside of the new satellite office here for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a woman walked up and asked the group about scheduling an appointment.

New section of Scull Creek trail lighting completed

posted: 09/22/2009 5:59 a.m.

The city of Fayetteville has completed lighting along Scull Creek Trail from Poplar Street south to North Street.

Point break : Kicking woes continue to plague Purple Dogs in 1-1-1 start

posted: 09/22/2009 5:57 a.m.

Fayetteville begins conference play this week kicking and screaming.

HOG CALLS : Running game has chance to find legs

posted: 09/22/2009 5:56 a.m.

From warfare to football it seems results via air ultimately are determined on the ground.

Texas energy firm to pay $30 million

posted: 09/22/2009 5:56 a.m.

A Texas energy company has agreed to pay $30 million to settle allegations that it manipulated natural gas prices, federal regulators said Monday.

U.S. economy drives job seekers to China

posted: 09/22/2009 5:55 a.m.

When the best job Mikala Reasbeck could find after college in Boston was counting pills part-time in a drugstore for $7 an hour, she decided to fly to Beijing in February to look for work.

Washington Regional Classic helps hospital purchase new technology

posted: 09/22/2009 5:55 a.m.

Strong winds buffeted Paradise Valley Athletic Club Monday, but the gales didn't deter supporters of the 17th annual Washington Regional Classic golf tournament.

Rules proposed for wireless 'open Internet'

posted: 09/22/2009 5:54 a.m.

Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a speech that got a cool response from the industry.

Inquiry plan boosts AIG stock

posted: 09/22/2009 5:54 a.m.

Shares of American International Group Inc. jumped more than 20 percent Monday after the head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said that panel will examine a plan to reduce the company's bailout package.

Hogs' Miller returns to fold

posted: 09/22/2009 5:53 a.m.

Arkansas regains a linebacker and adds a receiver for its first SEC road game.

NCAAs pass on Verizon

posted: 09/22/2009 5:53 a.m.

The NCAA released its men's basketball tournament sites for 2011, 2012 and 2013 on Monday, passing on North Little Rock's Verizon Arena.

Naturals big hit in second season

posted: 09/22/2009 5:52 a.m.

In their first year in Northwest Arkansas, the Naturals won with pitching. This year, they did it with hitting.

NFL NUGGETS : Warner still has some left in the tank

posted: 09/22/2009 5:51 a.m.

I guess he ain't ready for the rockin' chair yet. Arizona QB Kurt Warner really stunk it up in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to San Francisco. So much so that my friend Brad (a lifelong Cardinals' fan) and I even began to wonder if the team might have to put the 38-yearold out to pasture in favor of the much-younger Matt Leinart.

Diocese removes Nigerian priest

posted: 09/22/2009 5:51 a.m.

The Rev. Emmanuel Orgu, a priest from Nigeria serving in the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, has been removed from active ministry for alleged misconduct. The action was taken by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and shared with parishioners during Masses this weekend.

ARKANSAS AT NO. 3 ALABAMA Staying on a roll

posted: 09/22/2009 5:51 a.m.

Alabama is trying to shake a nasty habit.

Judge: City OK to pay for insurance

posted: 09/22/2009 5:50 a.m.

A circuit judge has ruled that Springdale can pay for health insurance for four city council members.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/22/2009 5:49 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The trend is here." Jerry Hudlow, Rogers treasurer, saying he'll be conservative in estimating future sales tax collections Article, 1B

Ex-U.S. attorney to run against Snyder

posted: 09/22/2009 5:49 a.m.

Former U.S attorney and Republican presidential adviser Tim Griffin announced Monday that he'll oppose Democratic U.S Rep. Vic Snyder in 2010, saying his values were more in line with central Arkansas voters than are those of the 12-year incumbent.

Won't run for court position, justice says

posted: 09/22/2009 5:48 a.m.

Supreme Court Justice Elana Wills says she will not seek a position on the high court next year.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/22/2009 5:47 a.m.

State Senate seat to be filled Dec. 8 Gov. Mike Beebe has moved up the date of an election to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/22/2009 5:45 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

4 cities' sales tax dip persists

posted: 09/22/2009 5:44 a.m.

July sales tax reports from Northwest Arkansas' largest cities continued a trend of declining revenue that has city leaders creating cautious revenue projections as they prepare 2010 budgets.

Pension system audit finds rule violations

posted: 09/22/2009 5:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System paid for services before entering into contracts, apparently violating state regulations, contract law and sound business practices, according to an audit released late Monday.

FAYETTEVILLE: Grant aids scientists studying flu strains

posted: 09/22/2009 5:43 a.m.

Biochemistry researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are exploring ways to outsmart the ever mutating flu virus by using stimulus money from a two year grant.

FAYETTEVILLE: Health, teaching fields pace UA growth

posted: 09/22/2009 5:42 a.m.

The academic college at the University of Arkansas that is responsible for educating nurses and teachers accounted for almost half the university's enrollment growth this fall.

Officials: Connect trauma systems

posted: 09/22/2009 5:41 a.m.

Arkansas is still in the early phases of developing its statewide trauma system, but national emergency officials said Monday that it will soon be an important piece of larger efforts to coordinate emergency medical services nationwide.

House moves to stretch jobless benefits

posted: 09/22/2009 5:40 a.m.

Despite predictions the recession is running out of steam, the House is taking up emergency legislation this week to help the millions of Americans who see no immediate end to their economic miseries.

China seen as climate leader

posted: 09/22/2009 5:39 a.m.

As the United States mulls over climate legislation, China is poised to join the European Union in claiming "front-runner" status among nations battling climate change, the U.N. climate chief said Monday.

Plan to kill Pakistani official foiled by police

posted: 09/22/2009 5:38 a.m.

Police officers foiled a plan to assassinate a regional education minister in northwest Pakistan when they took on four militants in a gunbattle Monday that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up, police said.

Baucus modifies health bill

posted: 09/22/2009 5:38 a.m.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee was revising his sweeping health-care bill Monday to address serious concerns from fellow Democrats and a key Republican about insurance costs, part of his ongoing struggle to deliver on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

Ousted president back in Honduras

posted: 09/22/2009 5:37 a.m.

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned home to Honduras on Monday, three months after he was forced into exile at gunpoint.

Obama pitches innovation on N.Y. trip

posted: 09/22/2009 5:36 a.m.

President Obama called on Monday for "a new generation of innovation," releasing what he described as a strategy to build on more than $100 billion in economic stimulus funding to promote progress in such areas as clean energy, health care and basic research.

Prove residency, students warned

posted: 09/22/2009 5:35 a.m.

Students living in northern Mexico have skirted residency requirements to attend U.S. public schools for generations, but when the superintendent in one Texas border town got word that about 400 school age children were crossing the international bridge each day with backpacks but no student visas, he figured he had to do something.

Frailty, thy name is ... rot?

posted: 09/22/2009 5:34 a.m.

Something is rotten in the city of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Storms slam South, killing at least six

posted: 09/22/2009 5:33 a.m.

Floodwaters that swept across the rain-soaked Southeast killed at least six people Monday, including a Georgia toddler who disappeared after a mobile home was split apart by a swollen creek. Four others were missing.

Man tied to terror plot jailed till hearing

posted: 09/22/2009 5:33 a.m.

A judge ordered an Afghanistan-born Colorado man who purportedly received al-Qaida training and had bomb-making instructions on his computer to be held pending a detention hearing Thursday, and the government warned law enforcement around the nation Monday about the danger of an attack on mass transit.

War option: Shift focus to Pakistan

posted: 09/22/2009 4:56 a.m.

The White House is considering expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan to refocus on eliminating al-Qaida instead of mounting a major military escalation in Afghanistan, according to officials.

Recession leaving mark on Americans

posted: 09/22/2009 4:56 a.m.

The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home buying, turning to carpools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities.

In the news

posted: 09/22/2009 4:47 a.m.

Vicente Fox, Mexico's former president, told students and faculty members at the University of New Mexico that the United States should spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product to narrow the wage gap between Mexico and America and contended that such spending would reduce the need for expensive walls between the two countries.

U.S., Russia start crucial arms talks

posted: 09/22/2009 4:44 a.m.

A new round of Russia-U.S. arms control talks began Monday, and Russian military experts predicted they will not be easy, despite President Barack Obama's decision to scrap plans for an eastern Europe based missile shield that Moscow opposed.

Names and faces

posted: 09/22/2009 4:44 a.m.

A publicist for Kristin Chenoweth said paramedics checked out the actress after her Emmy win, but that she's doing fine. Meghan Prophet said Chenoweth felt a migraine coming on after winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series and doing press interviews.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/22/2009 4:43 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "In my 22 years in the fire department here in Gwinnett, we have not experienced flooding to this degree." Capt. Thomas Rutledge of the Gwinnett County, Ga., Fire and Emergency Services, on the flooding that killed at least six in the state Article, this page

The world in brief

posted: 09/22/2009 4:42 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "It is the moment of reconciliation." Ousted President Manuel Zelaya on his sudden return to Honduras Article, this page

Spoken contracts by cities not rare

posted: 09/22/2009 4:41 a.m.

Even though some attorneys say they can be hard to enforce if a dispute arises, oral contracts are used by cities of all sizes for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from small amounts of money to trusted relationships.

Beebe hears 2 but stays anti-tunnel

posted: 09/22/2009 4:38 a.m.

Two legislative leaders failed Monday to persuade Gov. Mike Beebe to fund a $1.8 million tunnel from the Capitol to a building with an area that is to be renovated for planned legislative committee rooms and staff offices.

Cox left seat after search in porn case

posted: 09/22/2009 4:35 a.m.

Little Rock police and the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant at the home of former North Little Rock School Board member Trent Cox last week, a day before he resigned his seat saying the travel demands of his work had grown too great.

Other days

posted: 09/22/2009 4:33 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1909 Penitentiary officials estimate that the cost of gathering and placing upon the market the cotton crop on the state farm this year will be greater than elsewhere in the South. They base their estimate on the price paid for convict labor, which is $1.50 per day.

Getting it straight

posted: 09/22/2009 4:31 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Whistle-blower shield is limited, state argues

posted: 09/22/2009 4:30 a.m.

An assistant attorney general argued in court Monday that state employees are not protected under the Arkansas Whistle-blower Act if they report wrongdoing to a federal agency.

Uncertain trumpet

posted: 09/22/2009 4:27 a.m.

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed." -A. Lincoln THANKS TO Bob Woodward, the Washington Post's ever-open drop for leaked documents, the American people have the benefit of the latest report and recommendations from the commanding general of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

ACORN must prove itself

posted: 09/22/2009 4:26 a.m.

If journalism is about impact, it's been a good two weeks for twentysomething filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. The now-famous pair posed as a pimp and a prostitute and, with hidden camera at the ready, sought help setting up a brothel from ACORN, the taxpayer-supported community organizing group.

A problem for Democrats

posted: 09/22/2009 4:25 a.m.

In the sub-zero cold of late November 1950, south of the Yalu River near the village of Kunu-ri in what now is North Korea, Private 1st Class Charlie Rangel, though wounded by shrapnel, helped lead 40 of his fellow soldiers from the U.S. Army's 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in a daring three-day escape from encirclement by the Chinese Army.

One who saw the light

posted: 09/22/2009 4:23 a.m.

To better understand the iceberg that sank the Fayetteville millage last week, consider what Becky Purcell had to say this past spring.

LETTERS

posted: 09/22/2009 4:23 a.m.

What is fight really about?

Economic indicators rise

posted: 09/22/2009 4:22 a.m.

A private forecast of economic activity rose in August for the fifth straight month, the latest sign the recession has ended.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: DeRosa grinds, Astros grimace

posted: 09/22/2009 4:18 a.m.

Mark DeRosa hopes he's finally broken out of the slump that's followed his wrist injury.

Coroner: Stone was overtaxed

posted: 09/22/2009 4:16 a.m.

A combination of heat and exertion on a 5-11, "300-plus" pound frame killed Arkansas Baptist College defensive lineman Courtney Stone, according to Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper.

Petrino: UA linebacker to play against Alabama

posted: 09/22/2009 4:14 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said linebacker Jerry Franklin deserved to be ejected from last Saturday's loss to Georgia, but that the sophomore is expected to start in this week's game at No. 3 Alabama.

Off the wire

posted: 09/22/2009 4:12 a.m.

BASKETBALL Terps' coach gets extension Maryland men's basketball Coach Gary Williams has received a one-year extension on his contract, which could keep him at the job into 2013. Williams' contract includes automatic extensions for achieving benchmark standards by the Terrapins, both athletically and academically.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/22/2009 4:11 a.m.

Linebacker sacks fans after boos Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Robert Henson has been inactive for the team's first two games this season, which has apparently given him too much time to think.

COMMENTARY: Big league life can be full of journeys

posted: 09/22/2009 4:09 a.m.

Some former Arkansas Travelers players were never able to shake the necessity of traveling.

Cowboys coping with letdown

posted: 09/22/2009 4:08 a.m.

Only two games into a new season and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James already finds himself in an all-too familiar spot.

NFL Colts make most of limited chances

posted: 09/22/2009 4:07 a.m.

Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to take some sheen off the Miami Dolphins' glitzy makeover under new owner Stephen Ross, and the Indianapolis Colts came from behind four times to win 27-23 Monday night.

NFL notes

posted: 09/22/2009 4:06 a.m.

49ERS-JETS Ryan: Charge filed SANTA The San Francisco 49ers have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets regarding top San Francisco draft pick Michael Crabtree, Jets Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday.

Astros fire manager

posted: 09/22/2009 4:05 a.m.

The Houston Astros fired Manager Cecil Cooper on Monday with 13 games left in another disappointing season.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/22/2009 4:04 a.m.

FOOTBALL Two UCA players honored The Southland Conference has named Central Arkansas quarterback Robbie Park its offensive player of the week and linebacker James Lancaster defensive player of the week.

Razorbacks report

posted: 09/22/2009 4:03 a.m.

Hogs rise to review, rejuvenate How will Arkansas bounce back from Saturday's 52-41 loss to Georgia, considering the investment of time and energy the Hogs put into preparing for the 23rdranked Bulldogs.

LIKE IT IS: Hogs' defense must have Franklin on field

posted: 09/22/2009 4:02 a.m.

At the end of the third quarter Saturday, Arkansas trailed Georgia 42-38 and the Razorbacks had the ball.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Jamaican takes to football; Hogs take to him

posted: 09/22/2009 4:01 a.m.

Tight end/defensive end David Perry has had a crash course in football in a little more than a year.

College football notes Kiffin defends Vols' game plan, aims flu shot at Meyer

posted: 09/22/2009 4:01 a.m.

Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin says he put his Volunteers in the best position they could be in to beat Florida. Then he took one more shot at Gators Coach Urban Meyer.

Ross defends health-care stance

posted: 09/22/2009 3:56 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross worked Monday to dispel the idea that his opposition to a "public option " in the health-care system overhaul being considered in Congress has been unduly influenced by insurance companies.

Dell set to buy Perot Systems

posted: 09/22/2009 3:55 a.m.

Dell Inc. has agreed to buy Perot Systems Corp. for $3.9 billion, undertaking its biggest purchase ever to compete with International Business Machines Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in computer services.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 09/22/2009 3:52 a.m.

Agency gives Arkansas F on asset scorecard The Corporation for Enterprise Development, an economic nonprofit think tank, Monday gave Arkansas an F on its 2009-2010 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard.

Business news in brief

posted: 09/22/2009 3:52 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I noticed the turn the economy was taking, and decided it would be best to go directly to China." Andrew Carr, a 23-year-old Cornell University graduate Article, 1D

MARKET REPORT: Stocks slide, but stop short of low

posted: 09/22/2009 3:51 a.m.

Stocks mostly fell Monday but ended off their lows as investors moved into technology and health care shares.

Monday, September 21

Michael Jackson's Ferris wheel spins into new life

posted: 09/21/2009 9:01 a.m.

From the top of the Ferris wheel, one could once see acres of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, the ride's 5,000 lights aglow in a carnival-like frenzy fit for a performer who never quite grew up.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Choi overcomes miscues, earns first LPGA victory

posted: 09/21/2009 5:56 a.m.

Na Yeon Choi blew her best chance for the first LPGA Tour victory of her career.

TEXANS 34, TITANS 31 Schaub's 357, 4 TDs top Titans

posted: 09/21/2009 5:56 a.m.

Matt Schaub trumped Chris Johnson's career day by throwing for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, Kris Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal in the closing minutes, and Houston ruined Tennessee's home opener with a 34-31 victory Sunday.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/21/2009 5:55 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "Fayetteville is known for its debate. I don't know that Fayetteville's ever going to have a landslide anything." Susan Heil, president of the Fayetteville school board, on the millage campaign to fund construction of a new high school Article, 1B

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/21/2009 5:53 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Panel to focus on roadway funding

posted: 09/21/2009 5:52 a.m.

A committee formed to find more taxes or fees for road construction took five months for its efforts to come into focus.

PB chamber adds 320 to membership

posted: 09/21/2009 5:51 a.m.

The Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce nearly doubled its membership last month, a boon for a region struggling to keep industries from closing down and residents from moving away.

Disrepair clouds fate of prison's chapel

posted: 09/21/2009 5:51 a.m.

During heavy rains, inmates at the Island of Hope Chapel at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Tucker Unit use sheets of plastic to cover the stage in the sanctuary and put out trash cans to catch the water that drips from the curved wooden ceiling.

School boards rethink funding

posted: 09/21/2009 5:49 a.m.

A national recession has made once-predictable voter behavior unpredictable, forcing leaders of two Northwest Arkansas school districts to retool facilities plans to build the public appeal necessary for bond issue approval.

Protecting waterways motivates Cherokees

posted: 09/21/2009 5:48 a.m.

Cherokees believe splashing a river's water on the face as the sun rises is how a day should start.

Russia optimistic on pact with U.S.

posted: 09/21/2009 5:47 a.m.

Russia and the United States have "quite high" chances of reaching an agreement on cutting their strategic nuclear arsenals, said President Dmitry Medvedev.

Black Hawk crashes in Iraq

posted: 09/21/2009 5:46 a.m.

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed at a major American air base in Iraq, killing one U.S. service member and injuring 12 others, the military said Sunday.

Pakistan Taliban commander dies in jail

posted: 09/21/2009 5:45 a.m.

A feared Taliban commander known for beheading opponents died in custody Sunday from wounds sustained during a fierce firefight with Pakistani security forces last week, the military said.

Alzheimer's threat seen in poor nations

posted: 09/21/2009 5:44 a.m.

More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, according to a study assessing the brain destroying illness.

Lincoln park: Hunting, camping banned at Lincoln Lake

posted: 09/21/2009 5:44 a.m.

The Lincoln City Council has adopted an ordinance to prohibit camping and hunting at Lincoln Lake for safety reasons and because of problems with littering and vandalism.

Waste found in 'green' energy projects

posted: 09/21/2009 5:43 a.m.

The four drafty buildings had been fixtures of the Energy Department complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for more than half a century. They burned energy like 1950s sedans.

Classes teach initiates how to ride

posted: 09/21/2009 5:41 a.m.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ brings thousands of motorcycles to Fayetteville for the rally.

Ozark Profile: White's path takes turn into framing business

posted: 09/21/2009 5:40 a.m.

J. D. White's frame shop is modest and born from a series of fortuitous mid-life circumstances.

Video angered ACORN chief

posted: 09/21/2009 5:38 a.m.

The head of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group in danger of losing funding after videos appeared to show employees giving advice on opening a prostitution business, said she was "outraged" by the actions of those workers and will announce an independent auditor for the organization today.

Eight bands highlight Winfest

posted: 09/21/2009 5:38 a.m.

The L.P. "Tiny" Jarnagan Ballpark in Winslow was filled Sunday with babies and dogs, tie dye, dew rags and blankets with astrology symbols.

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/21/2009 5:37 a.m.

Events in Washington County for Sept. 21, 2009.

Mad Men, 30 Rock win top Emmys

posted: 09/21/2009 5:35 a.m.

Mad Men and 30 Rock led a pack of Emmy winners who successfully defended their titles at Sunday's show, but the snappy ceremony and a star turn by host Neil Patrick Harris made the evening far from a rerun.

Bicycle registration available at Arkansas Union

posted: 09/21/2009 5:35 a.m.

The University of Arkansas Transit and Parking Department will have bicycle registration available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on the Arkansas Union Mall.

Fayetteville receives energy efficiency, conservation block grant

posted: 09/21/2009 5:34 a.m.

The city of Fayetteville has been awarded $724,900 by the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

Obituaries & Death Notices

posted: 09/21/2009 5:32 a.m.

Jane Baugus, Luticia "Tish" Conder, George Lester Pruett II

Nationally renowned architect to lecture at UA's Fay Jones School

posted: 09/21/2009 5:27 a.m.

Deborah Berke, whose architectural vision is described as "the philosophy of the everyday," will deliver the Ernie Jacks Distinguished Lecture for the Fay Jones School of Architecture at 5:30 p.m. today in the Shollmeyer Lecture Hall in Vol Walker Hall. The public is invited.

Farm Briefs

posted: 09/21/2009 5:26 a.m.

Farm briefs for September 21, 2009.

Times Editorial : Troubled days

posted: 09/21/2009 5:25 a.m.

John Pelphrey's had a tough time of it since coming on board as men's head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas more than two years ago. Under his leadership, some Razorback athletes have had a difficult time making good grades; others have simply left school and transferred elsewhere.

GUEST COLUMN : Distrust and distaste

posted: 09/21/2009 5:24 a.m.

As the kickoff of the Arkansas lottery nears, I find myself feeling nothing but distrust and distaste.

Letters to the editor

posted: 09/21/2009 5:23 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Washington County for September 21, 2009.

Jordan to hold town hall meeting Sept. 28

posted: 09/21/2009 5:21 a.m.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club.

Running on empty : Petrino: Hogs' rushing problems key to loss

posted: 09/21/2009 5:19 a.m.

Plenty went wrong for Arkansas in its 52-41 loss to Georgia.

2Q penalties, Franklin ejection shift momentum in Hogs' loss

posted: 09/21/2009 5:12 a.m.

Arkansas and Georgia combined to throw for 783 yards. But the quarterbacks weren't the only ones on the field getting an arm workout. The officials were busy tossing a lot of yellow. The Arkansas Razorbacks committed 7 penalties for 78 yards in the second quarter alone. All that yellow had the Hogs seeing red after watching Georgia score 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to erase a 21-10 deficit and take a 27-21 edge to halftime in an eventual 52-41 triumph at Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday night.

Monday Morning Scouting Report

posted: 09/21/2009 5:09 a.m.

The Monday morning scouting report for Arkansas' next opponent, Alabama.

KNOCK ON WOOD : Hogs suffer from lack of running game, defense

posted: 09/21/2009 5:05 a.m.

Can't say it wasn't exciting. Ninety-three points and 1,015 yards of offense. Single-game records where crushed. But, any way a Hog fan looks at it, Arkansas' 52-41 loss to Georgia had to be ultimately unfulfilling.

Mallett's record-setting game comes up short in Hogs' loss

posted: 09/21/2009 5:03 a.m.

For all that quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Joe Cox did with their arms, Saturday night's Arkansas-Georgia game came down to feet.

Management, ticket sales key to lottery future

posted: 09/21/2009 4:52 a.m.

State Sen. Kim Hendren and other Arkansans are hoping for the new state lottery's success as it prepares to get under way.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO? COURT-ACCEPTED CREDIT CARDS : Paper or plastic?

posted: 09/21/2009 4:50 a.m.

The Lowell City Council voted Tuesday to approve the most significant $85 expense in its recent history. That amount represented the city's first bill for collecting creditcard payments at its city court.

Nothing changing on Rogers property taxes

posted: 09/21/2009 4:48 a.m.

City Treasurer Jerry Hudlow will ask the Rogers City Council at its meeting Tuesday to approve this year's property-tax rate. It's the same rate he's been asking the board to approve since he arrived in Rogers seven years ago.

Holiday whiteout : Downtown Bentonville will step up its holiday look this year with white LED lights throughout.

posted: 09/21/2009 4:47 a.m.

There's going to be a whiteout on the downtown Bentonville Square this holiday season whether snowflakes fall or not.

Fables and Faith : Life's course corrections

posted: 09/21/2009 4:45 a.m.

I am often drawn to reread Romans 7 because I believe this chapter is very accurate in its description of human nature - most certainly it is with mine. You remember the gist of the passage, don't you? Paul was saying that he often did the things he should not do and, on top of that, he didn't do the things he should do. We all know how true this is. The exact scripts may vary with each of us, but the stories of our lives are closely similar.

Health-care mandate no tax rise, Obama says

posted: 09/21/2009 4:44 a.m.

Requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don't would not amount to a backhanded tax increase, President Barack Obama said Sunday. "I absolutely reject that notion," he stated.

POLICE REPORTS

posted: 09/21/2009 4:44 a.m.

Incidents reported to police in Benton County.

OBITUARIES

posted: 09/21/2009 4:42 a.m.

Obituaries for September 21, 2009.

3 men arrested in U.S. terrorism probe

posted: 09/21/2009 4:42 a.m.

The FBI arrested a 24-year-old Colorado airport shuttle driver on charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing terror investigation, and supporting documents contend the man admitted receiving weapons and explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan.

More troops crucial, says top general

posted: 09/21/2009 4:41 a.m.

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

Kids talk : Five hindrances to enlightenment

posted: 09/21/2009 4:38 a.m.

Last week's column discussed how seven factors in Zen Buddhist teachings might be seen as road signs to happy and healthy human development. These seven factors are universal virtues that are found in most cultures of the world, in different words and contexts, but there all the same: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

Guard to teach Afghans to farm

posted: 09/21/2009 4:38 a.m.

Another team of Arkansas National Guardsmen is headed to Afghanistan for a year, with deployment scheduled for late winter.

Iran leader: U.S. wrong to play up nuke fears

posted: 09/21/2009 4:37 a.m.

Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that U.S. officials know they are wrongly accusing Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

OUR VIEW : Keeping a good thing growing

posted: 09/21/2009 4:34 a.m.

We can't help but be impressed at the startling growth that Northwest Arkansas Community College has experienced in recent years.

LETTERS

posted: 09/21/2009 4:32 a.m.

Letters to the editor for Benton County for September 21, 2009.

OTHER OPINIONS : Hendren explains himself

posted: 09/21/2009 4:30 a.m.

We appreciated that state Sen. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, called recently and said that while he was going to be in our area of the state, he would like to stop by and visit with us at the Camden News.

Names and faces

posted: 09/21/2009 4:29 a.m.

John Travolta is among the potential witnesses at a Bahamas trial beginning Monday for two people accused of trying to extort $25 million from the movie star, according to court officials.

In the news

posted: 09/21/2009 4:28 a.m.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand's 81-yearold monarch, who has the world's longest reign at 63 years, was hospitalized after suffering from a fever, fatigue and a loss of appetite, the palace announced.

Lady Panthers suffer first loss

posted: 09/21/2009 4:28 a.m.

Siloam Springs' undefeated run to start the 2009 volleyball season came to an end Saturday at the Tri-State Challenge at the All-Star Sports Arena.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/21/2009 4:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "All of our employees, if they're too stupid to understand that they're not reaching professional standards, we terminate them." Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, saying she will announce an independent auditor for the organization today Article, this page

Hog Calls : Lack of run game negates air show

posted: 09/21/2009 4:27 a.m.

From warfare to football it seems results via air ultimately are determined on the ground.

The world in brief

posted: 09/21/2009 4:27 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "The U.S. officials who talk about Iranian missiles and their danger while saying Iran intends to build a nuclear bomb, they know these words are wrong." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, after the U.S. scrapped a missile intercept system aimed at his nation Article 1A

Pinto, Whitten advance to 4A state golf tournament

posted: 09/21/2009 4:25 a.m.

Two local girls advanced to the Class 4A golf tournament after placing as individuals at last week's regional tournament.

Youth-lockup school plan stirs hope, concern

posted: 09/21/2009 4:23 a.m.

A week after Ron Angel took over the Youth Services Division, the Education Department hit him with a scathing rebuke of the special-education program at the state's largest youth lockup. Angel quickly learned that was just one of many obstacles to educating the 330 or so delinquent youths in state custody on any given day.

Lifeway volleyball remains unbeaten

posted: 09/21/2009 4:23 a.m.

The Lifeway Christian School volleyball team remained undefeated with two wins this past week with a 3-0 victory against Destiny Christian Academy out of Waggoner, Okla. last Tuesday and a 3-0 win against Ridgeway Christian School out of Pine Bluff on Friday.

Putting pen to paper : The Bentonville City Council is expected to approve a contract to get conceptual design for community center going.

posted: 09/21/2009 4:22 a.m.

The city of Bentonville has found the firm it believes can get the conceptual design of a new community center, to be erected on the southwest side of the community, rolling.

Father, son tied to theft of truck

posted: 09/21/2009 4:22 a.m.

For years, lawmen say they have been watching Rick Crook. His son, Randy, has been in and out of jail for much of his adult life, so they knew about him too.

Senators announce approval of $3 million for I-540

posted: 09/21/2009 4:21 a.m.

The U.S. Senate has approved some $3 million for Interstate 540 improvements, Arkansas' U.S. senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor announced in a news release on Sept. 17.

Obituaries

posted: 09/21/2009 4:18 a.m.

Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

posted: 09/21/2009 4:18 a.m.

All reports are from regular food service/food store inspections unless otherwise noted.

LAWSUITS FILED

posted: 09/21/2009 4:17 a.m.

Lawsuits filed in Benton County for September 21, 2009.

Other days

posted: 09/21/2009 4:17 a.m.

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 21, 1909 The Arkansas Railroad Commission yesterday issued an order to the Iron Mountain Railroad, requiring that road to construct a $25,000 addition to the depot at Fort Smith, work on the addition to be started within 60 days and to be completed within six months.

We're still here

posted: 09/21/2009 4:16 a.m.

MIKE HUCKABEE, that wacky ol' bass player on TV, has done it again. By which we mean he's made news, or at least called attention to himself. He's good at both. Sometimes simutaneously. Last year he ran for president of the whole younighted states. And we're pretty sure he once had an important job here in Arkansas.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

posted: 09/21/2009 4:15 a.m.

Marriage licenses for Benton County for September 21, 2009.

Placating Russia won't work

posted: 09/21/2009 4:15 a.m.

Russian leaders never liked the idea that the United States, Poland and the Czech Republic were cooperating on missile defense to confront an emerging Iranian threat. The notion that two former Warsaw Pact states that Moscow used to control would be hosting 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a corresponding radar facility in the Czech Republic was unacceptable.

An equal exchange

posted: 09/21/2009 4:14 a.m.

Not too long ago, Pope Benedict XVI met President Barack H. Obama at the Vatican-shortly after the pope had issued his encyclical on economics. According to the usual press release after such visits, pope and president covered a wide array of topics and were suitably impressed with each other.

A year later, little has changed

posted: 09/21/2009 4:14 a.m.

One year after the onset of the economic shock that brought the American economy to the brink of collapse, the most amazing aspect of the crisis is how little has been done to ensure that something like this never happens again. Dithering in Congress and a business-as-usual attitude on Wall Street have left American consumers and the economy vulnerable to another punishing disaster sooner or later.

LETTERS

posted: 09/21/2009 4:12 a.m.

Therapy that really works Many nursing homes have residents who are sad and lonely. Usually, they're not there by choice, but too often the old and handicapped are put there to spend their final days.

BENTONVILLE FIRE & SAFETY TIP

posted: 09/21/2009 4:12 a.m.

The weekly Bentonville Fire and Safety tip.

Community Notes

posted: 09/21/2009 4:11 a.m.

Community notes for Benton County for September 21, 2009.

Under the bus

posted: 09/21/2009 4:11 a.m.

By now everybody has already heard that ACORN is corrupt, if that's some sort of news story.

Giants 33, Cowboys 31 Billion-dollar bummer

posted: 09/21/2009 4:10 a.m.

Lawrence Tynes sent home the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history muttering about what might've been.

Razorbacks gain plenty, not enough

posted: 09/21/2009 4:08 a.m.

Going back to Arkansas' first football game in 1894, a 42-0 victory over Fort Smith High School, the Razorbacks had been 139-1 when they scored 40 or more points.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cards' celebration halted; Cubs win

posted: 09/21/2009 4:07 a.m.

Jake Fox homered in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs benefited from a wide slide by Matt Holliday, beating St. Louis 6-3 Sunday night and keeping the Cardinals' magic number at four for clinching the NL Central.

CHASE FOR THE CUP: Martin gets tricky, holds off Montoya

posted: 09/21/2009 4:04 a.m.

When a young driver isn't sure how to approach an on-track situation, they often ask themselves "What would Mark Martin do?" With a championship on the line, Batesville's Martin fooled the competition and won.

Off the wire

posted: 09/21/2009 4:03 a.m.

TRACK AND FIELD Gay wins 100 in Shanghai American sprinters Tyson Gay (Arkansas Razorbacks) and Carmelita Jeter flirted with history at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on Sunday. Gay ran the second fastest men's 100 meters on record, winning in 9.69 seconds.

COMMENTARY Boxing's villain plays role well again

posted: 09/21/2009 3:59 a.m.

The crowd at the MGM Grand arena didn't waste any time leaving, with most getting out even before the decision was officially announced. They had come to cheer Juan Manuel Marquez, and the few who were still there when Floyd Mayweather Jr. left the ring sent him on his way with a chorus of boos.

Second thoughts

posted: 09/21/2009 3:57 a.m.

Stretch run fun, games for Detroit The Detroit Tigers, clinging to a three-game American League Central division lead over the Minnesota Twins, insist they're not nervous, and, according to Detroit News columnist John Niyo, they've got the toy trucks and cocktail dresses to prove it.

Notes

posted: 09/21/2009 3:56 a.m.

Ochocinco takes leap with faith Chad Ochocinco made good on his promise. Sort of.

Sanchez heats up, lifts Jets

posted: 09/21/2009 3:54 a.m.

The New York Jets backed up their big talk and finally beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at home.

Cutler steers Bears over Steelers

posted: 09/21/2009 3:53 a.m.

Quarterback Jay Cutler earned a bit of redemption after throwing four interceptions in his Bears debut last week.

State sports briefs

posted: 09/21/2009 3:52 a.m.

LR Touchdown Club to hear from Fulmer Former Tennessee Volunteers Coach Phillip Fulmer will be the guest speaker at today's meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock.

Razorbacks rewind

posted: 09/21/2009 3:51 a.m.

Arkansas' defense was self-touted as bigger, stronger, faster and more knowledgeable of its schemes this season, but the Razorbacks looked overmatched by the Georgia offense in Saturday's 52-41 loss.

College review

posted: 09/21/2009 3:38 a.m.

Carroll's comments revealing For fans who watched their teams win on Saturday and worried about the margin not being decisive enough, Southern California provided its annual reminder that there is no such thing as bad victory, only bad - sometimes really bad - losses.

High-tech air-traffic plan tested

posted: 09/21/2009 3:37 a.m.

On a clear mid-August night about 3 a.m., an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 heading to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport took a radical turn.

Fiat to introduce Multiair system to U.S., Chrysler

posted: 09/21/2009 3:36 a.m.

Alfa Romeo boasts that its new MiTo compact has the speed and handling expected from a sports car, with the added bonus of greater fuel efficiency - 10 percent more power with 10 percent less consumption.

Ultrathin PC joins netbook intersection

posted: 09/21/2009 3:34 a.m.

Those in the market for a laptop this fall will find a batch of new, mid-priced models that promise less weight and longer battery life than traditional notebook computers, but more performance - and a bigger screen and keyboard - than they'd get with a netbook.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 09/21/2009 3:31 a.m.

ALEXANDER Billy A. Davis, 12109 Germania, Sept. 16, Chapter 13. Homer Douglas Brown, 8526 Anthony Wood Cove, Sept. 11, Chapter 7. Jackie Callahan, 15 Nickel Cove, Sept. 14, Chapter 13. Rhoda D. Canales-Perez, 13930 Magnolia Glen, Sept. 10, Chapter 7.

Sunday, September 20

Heritage starts new scoring spree

posted: 09/20/2009 6:02 a.m.

Heritage's run of scoring on 13 straight possessions by its No. 1 offense came to an early end in their 35-7 nonconference victory at Republic, Mo., on Friday night.

Benton County SCOREBOARD

posted: 09/20/2009 5:54 a.m.

Notes

A unique place to live [Video]

posted: 09/20/2009 5:41 a.m.

It hasn't been finished for long. In fact, there's still a small punch list of touch-ups and finishing details members of the Stanley family are working on.

The magical disappearing disorder

posted: 09/20/2009 5:39 a.m.

The show starts when the cards come out. They're ordinary cards. They're always ordinary. It's not much of a trick if they're not. The magic is in the hands.

Victory in the air

posted: 09/20/2009 5:38 a.m.

BENTONVILLE - As Nina Quinn of Bentonville walked through the aisles of the exhibit hall at the Benton County Fair earlier this week, she couldn't help but throw up her hands and cheer.

Students help minds, garden grow

posted: 09/20/2009 5:37 a.m.

A group of 50 volunteers spent their Saturday digging in the dirt and helping to plant a reading garden for Grace Hill Elementary School in Rogers.

Celebration of Children Festival coming Oct. 4

posted: 09/20/2009 5:37 a.m.

A celebration of children being planned for next month will not only provide a fun family activity but will help raise money for grants that support the Rogers Public Schools.

NWACC reorganizes, creates new positions

posted: 09/20/2009 5:36 a.m.

The organizational chart for Northwest Arkansas Community College's administrative team got a major makeover recently that included promotions, changes in duties, new hires and new positions.

Rogers to host Startup Weekend Oct. 2 through Oct. 4

posted: 09/20/2009 5:36 a.m.

Developers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and legal minds are invited to the first Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend on the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Rogers on Oct. 2-4.

Growing staff, building museum

posted: 09/20/2009 5:34 a.m.

As foundations are poured and walls erected at the construction site for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the museum's staff continues to grow in preparation for opening the museum to the public.

Fall Festival to offer softball

posted: 09/20/2009 5:34 a.m.

A coed adult softball tournament will be part of the Gentry Fall Festival on Oct. 10.

Benton County OBITUARIES

posted: 09/20/2009 5:33 a.m.

Rogers Lester E. Chapman Lester E. Chapman, 72, of Rogers, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was born April 7, 1937, in Alamosa, Colo., to Lester Chapman and Mary Evelene Vandivier Chapman.

Benton County CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

posted: 09/20/2009 5:33 a.m.

Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club The club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Chris Knife will speak about the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Camp. The Lovely Purchase Chapter, DAR The club met for brunch Sept. 14 at the home of Ninetta Potts to start off the new fall season and to celebrate Constitution Week. The co-hostess was Frances Thomson.

Scooby's back

posted: 09/20/2009 5:31 a.m.

Scooby, Scooby Doo, where are you?

Tigers second at Stampede

posted: 09/20/2009 5:29 a.m.

The Bentonville boys cross country team took second place at Saturday's 21st annual Missouri Southern Stampede - their best finish at the meet under coach Randy Ramaker.

Learning from mistakes

posted: 09/20/2009 5:29 a.m.

Rogers coaches were frustrated at halftime Friday after Van Buren rallied to tie the game with a big second quarter.

NORTHWEST REAL ESTATE Top six

posted: 09/20/2009 5:28 a.m.

Pictured below are the six most expensive houses sold Aug. 31-Sept. 4 in Benton and Washington counties.

Early-test poll gives Huckabee big lead

posted: 09/20/2009 5:28 a.m.

Mike Huckabee scored well ahead of the pack in the Values Voter presidential straw poll, collecting more votes, a strong result in an early test of how well potential candidates resonate with social conservatives.

Suicide prevention topic of talk by state's first lady

posted: 09/20/2009 5:28 a.m.

Suicide seemed odd table conversation for a luncheon honoring the usually cheery first lady, Ginger Beebe, but it was, after all, the purpose of her visit - National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.

AREA SPORTS/ RECREATION CALENDAR

posted: 09/20/2009 5:28 a.m.

The Benton County Daily Record invites area sports clubs, teams and organizations to submit news about activities and events. Fax information to 271-3744 or e-mail to sports@nwanews.com. League managers may report recreational sports scores and standings to The Daily Record. Scores may be e-mailed to sports@nwanews.com or faxed to 271-3744. Type scores directly on e-mail document. For more information, contact sports editor Paul Gatling at 271-3792.

$115,000 is ponied up at polo match

posted: 09/20/2009 5:27 a.m.

Few can deny Donna Buell's beckon for a donation, least of all "Generator George" McIntosh.

BCDR: Sports notes

posted: 09/20/2009 5:26 a.m.

Notes

Northern lights United Way sets pillar $80,000 higher for '10

posted: 09/20/2009 5:26 a.m.

The guest list was top shelf per the usual Pillars-level givers, but Tuesday's gathering of local United Way donors was smaller-to-scale and more business-like than many past Pillars parties.

WEDDINGS TIFFANY DAWN MILLER CHRISTOPHER EMIL WEISS

posted: 09/20/2009 5:25 a.m.

Tiffany Dawn Miller and Christopher Emil Weiss were wed at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. James E. Springer II officiated.

Education students win Othelia Paul Scholarship

posted: 09/20/2009 5:25 a.m.

Bentonville Kiwanis Club The club will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Peel Mansion in Bentonville. Lunch served will be Chicken Cordon Bleu. A board meeting, which is held every fourth Tuesday of the month, will be held after the club meeting disbands.

National scandal upsetting to Arkansas group's leaders

posted: 09/20/2009 5:25 a.m.

At a time when ACORN is grabbing national headlines amid allegations of voterregistration fraud and illegal tax-filing advice, the organization's Arkansas chapter has fallen under the radar.

Around the Farm Local producers seek 10th hay title

posted: 09/20/2009 5:25 a.m.

The late Ivan Duncan of Decatur used an old single-row corn planter fitted with the bottom half of a 55-gallon barrel to hold sprigs to establish his first Bermuda grass planting "too many years ago to remember." Ivan (Sept. 6, 1919, to Aug. 12, 2009) was considered the patriarch of quality Bermuda-hay production in Benton County. As a final tribute, the Quality Forage producers agreed to name their annual event the "Ivan Duncan Invitational Bermuda Hay Contest." One of the first producers to recognize the importance of good management, Ivan's Bermuda advice was often sought by others.

LA'SHARA KOMIKA DOSS MARVIN LEMONTE DAVENPORT

posted: 09/20/2009 5:24 a.m.

La'Shara Komika Doss became the bride of Marvin LeMonte Davenport at sunset Monday, Sept. 14, at Waialae Beach Park. The Rev. Mike Nelson of Evangelical Christian Church officiated.

Arnie's Army event is Saturday

posted: 09/20/2009 5:24 a.m.

The third annual Arnie's Army Golf Tournament will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bella Vista Village's Kingsdale Golf Complex.

Room to Grow How to ripen green tomatoes

posted: 09/20/2009 5:24 a.m.

Autumn is always a welcomed time of year in northwest Arkansas. However, for most gardeners, there's sadness in saying so long to summer. The end of summer means the end of fresh tomatoes. For those gardeners - and their fortunate neighbors - unwilling to let go of summer's bounty, here are a few tips on how to stretch out the season for homegrown tomatoes.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Children's Safety Center all fired up for benefit

posted: 09/20/2009 5:23 a.m.

Guests at the Children's Safety Center's second Small Hands, Big Dreams fundraiser kept filing in until the banquet hall reached a critical mass and spontaneously combusted.

Coach: Now's the time for the full-court press

posted: 09/20/2009 5:23 a.m.

Pressure's on.

THE OTHER EIGHT His voice soothes or ignites the dogs

posted: 09/20/2009 5:22 a.m.

Editor's note: The Other Eight is a look at how people spend the remainder of their day, when they're not sleeping or working.

Fittro promoted at Arvest

posted: 09/20/2009 5:21 a.m.

Arvest Bank has announced the promotion of Michelle Fittro to assistant vice president, marketing officer.

SPOTLIGHT JESS SMITH Bikes, Blues & BBQ is revving up

posted: 09/20/2009 5:21 a.m.

Can't you almost hear the grumbling of unmuffled exhausts resonant on the wind like a train off in the distance? They're coming.

DEAR ABBY

posted: 09/20/2009 5:20 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My mother and stepfather are divorcing after 30 years together. Mama has moved in with my husband, children and me. My stepfather is alone in their house and struggling to pay the bills. The problem is Mama wants to confide in me and tell me all her troubles with "Donald." I told her I don't want to hear any of it because I don't want to end up hating him. Donald is my children's grandfather and the only father I have ever known. (There was no abuse involved in their marriage.) Mother said I am her "best friend," and I should "be there" for her.Then she burst into tears and left.Was I wrong? I told her I support her in every way, but I don't think I should be the one she talks to about her failed marriage. I don't discuss their relationship with my stepdad either. Please tell me how to handle this. - CAN'T LISTEN IN DELRAY BEACH, FLA. DEAR CAN'T LISTEN: Please forgive the understatement, but the process of divorce is an extremely emotional one.Your mother may be trying to justify why she walked out

Timothy Alan Kral Swell biology

posted: 09/20/2009 5:20 a.m.

SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Sept. 29, 1951, Cleveland My three favorite artists are Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Victor Vasarely. I wish I had a piece of artwork by Rene Magritte. Always in my refrigerator: Diet Sunkist A gadget I can't live without is a computer.

Fightin' Words UFC's 'Ultimate Fighter' greatest show on earth

posted: 09/20/2009 5:20 a.m.

It's a bold statement for sure, but this 10th season of the UFC's hit reality series on Spike TV should make major stars out of coach Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and fighter Kimbo Slice.

Divorces

posted: 09/20/2009 5:19 a.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk's office from Sept. 10-16.

Buehling set to perform

posted: 09/20/2009 5:19 a.m.

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 2, 300 sixth-graders from Old High Middle School in Bentonville will experience a cross-curriculum educational effort sponsored by the Rogers Historical Museum, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, the Friends of Hobbs, War Eagle Mill, Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas's Archaeological Survey. The sixth-graders are studying the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.

Stories from juvenile drug court

posted: 09/20/2009 5:18 a.m.

He never thought he would complete juvenile drug court.

Government meetings

posted: 09/20/2009 5:18 a.m.

Monday Rogers Board of Adjustments, 9:30 a.m. Rogers Water Utilities Commission, 4 p.m. Walton Arts Center Council, 4 p.m. Washington County's County Services Committee, 4:45 p.m. Bentonville School Board, 5:30 p.m. Lowell Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Prairie Grove School Board, 6 p.m. Lincoln School Board, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Heights Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Elkins Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Gentry School Board, 7 p.m. Gravette School Board, 7 p.m. Prairie Grove City Council, 7 p.m.

Pay $1, get $16

posted: 09/20/2009 5:17 a.m.

Back in 2002, the Rogers School District initiated its pre-kindergarten program. Since then, the program has grown from three to 16 classrooms, serving a whopping 320 students, and has received high marks from the state's Department of Early Childhood Education.

U.N. disgraces itself again; Obama helps

posted: 09/20/2009 5:17 a.m.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, a putrid perversion of every high ideal upon which it was founded, has issued a report calling the Israelis war criminals. The HRC has also, in obedience to the wishes of Chavez and Castro, ejected the representative from Honduras. In the very week it has committed these outrages, the Obama administration has announced that the United States, which quit the organization in 2006, will rejoin. Brilliant.

Marriage licenses

posted: 09/20/2009 5:17 a.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY Raymond Jay Bair, 39, and Agenia Dawnn Mattes, 41, both of Springdale. John Henderson Bradley II, 28, and Terry Ngoc Fette, 27, both of Dallas. Jose Osbaldo Casas, 40, and Patricia Morales-Herrera, 24, both of Springdale.

How just is Arkansas' justice system?

posted: 09/20/2009 5:16 a.m.

On paper at least, the U.S. Constitution's "due process of law" clause is the citizen's guarantee against wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Senators seek changes to Baucus' health-care plan

posted: 09/20/2009 5:16 a.m.

Senate Finance Committee members of both parties signaled an aggressive effort to reshape health-care legislation proposed by Chairman Max Baucus, drafting 564 amendments for consideration when the panel meets later this week.

NW Arkansas today

posted: 09/20/2009 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I knew it would get this big, but I didn't think it'd be in my lifetime." Richard Watson, co-founder of the Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival, on the growth of the event Article, 1B.

Benton County LETTERS

posted: 09/20/2009 5:16 a.m.

Sue the lawyers Because trial-lawyer fees are out of control, maybe we should ask the Department of Justice to provide legal services to citizens.

The state/region in brief

posted: 09/20/2009 5:16 a.m.

3 hurt in chase for stolen cruiser Two Carroll County sheriff's officers and the man they served with warrants were released Saturday from St. John's Hospital in Berryville following treatment of injuries caused after the man took a squad car Friday and was chased down.

The Rundown FHS opponents spoke loud and clear

posted: 09/20/2009 5:15 a.m.

You didn't need a crystal ball to foresee the outcome of Tuesday's election in Fayetteville. You only needed the local newspaper.

READER THUMBS LINE

posted: 09/20/2009 5:14 a.m.

Welcome to Reader Thumbs Line, where readers determine the ups and downs. If you have a submission for a future column, send us an e-mail to thumbsline@nwanews.com or write to us at Thumbs Line, The Benton County Daily Record, P.O. Box 929, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Aftermath The body count at home

posted: 09/20/2009 5:14 a.m.

In the debate over health care, here's an inequity to ponder: Nikki White would have been far better off if only she had been a convicted bank robber.

Northwest Arkansas deaths

posted: 09/20/2009 5:14 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.

Pakistan raids firm tied to U.S. mission

posted: 09/20/2009 5:14 a.m.

Police raided a Pakistani security firm that helps protect the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, seizing 70 purportedly unlicensed weapons and arresting two people. The arrests follow a series of scandals surrounding American use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Right Turn Playing the racism card

posted: 09/20/2009 5:13 a.m.

When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, some suggested that race played a factor in his success. People "wanted" to elect a black man president because of our history of slavery and the denial of civil rights for so many years to African-Americans. It is never "racism" to vote for someone because he is black. It is only racism to oppose the policies of a black Democrat.

Benton County CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

posted: 09/20/2009 5:13 a.m.

VFW Robert M. Sterrett Post 9063 The National Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Robert M. Sterrett Post 9063 in Bella Vista are sponsoring two student patriotism contests. Local winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds and be eligible for scholarships on a district and national level.

Flu season to be busy, says state

posted: 09/20/2009 5:13 a.m.

Health officials said the state is headed into a busy flu season as Arkansans battle the seasonal flu as well as the new, rapidly spreading swine-flu virus.

Russia says need for missiles near Poland nullified

posted: 09/20/2009 5:12 a.m.

Russia said Saturday that it will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland since Washington has dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. It also harshly criticized Iran's president for new comments denying the Holocaust.

Hernandez, Huston to wed

posted: 09/20/2009 5:12 a.m.

Perla Corina Hernandez and Dennis Ross Huston, both of Garfield, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

MADISON COUNTY: Re-enactors mark tragedy

posted: 09/20/2009 5:11 a.m.

Seventeen children survived the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.

Focus on the Family Intellectual stimulation has good effect on kids' brains

posted: 09/20/2009 5:11 a.m.

QUESTION: What causes a child to be a "slow learner " - one who just doesn't learn like other children in the classroom?

FAYETTEVILLE 10th cycle rally could be biggest yet

posted: 09/20/2009 5:10 a.m.

Born in an alley, Bikes, Blues & BBQ took just 10 years to become one of the four largest motorcycle rallies in the country.

Rocky or not, launch of lottery on schedule

posted: 09/20/2009 5:10 a.m.

Several days after being hired as Arkansas lottery director in June, Ernie Passailaigue warned that "when you turn on the switch" to sell lottery tickets, "it is just going to be mass confusion." He said the lottery would be receiving telephone calls from upset players and retailers.

Fast-rail infusion to drive demand

posted: 09/20/2009 5:09 a.m.

Smack among the vast green and gold farm fields of southern Illinois, a steel graveyard filled with unwanted, broken-down locomotives symbolizes the weak state of the trainmanufacturing industry in the United States.

Appellate-court rulings on Web are 1st in nation

posted: 09/20/2009 5:09 a.m.

Arkansas is the first state in the nation to make the online version of its appellate court opinions the sole official version, leading some to wonder how secure those rulings will be in a world of hackers or under the control of a perhaps less-scrupulous future state Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.

The Rockwood Files Writer goes home again

posted: 09/20/2009 5:09 a.m.

A few weeks ago I went home and spent part of the weekend hanging out with my "Stuttgart girls," named after the small town in southeastern Arkansas where the four of us grew up. It was the first time we had all been in a room together in more than four years.

Thai rallies mark coup anniversary

posted: 09/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

As thousands of demonstrators marked the anniversary of a 2006 coup in the Thai capital Saturday, a rival group of protesters clashed with police and villagers near the Cambodian border, showing the country's long-running political crisis is far from settled.

Mr. Foxtrotter

posted: 09/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

After the lights dimmed and were eventually shut off at this year's annual Show and Celebration for the Missouri Foxtrotting Horse Breed Association in Ava, Mo., Bob Crafton of Rogers turned off his announcer's microphone for the last time, ending the chapter of his 35-year announcing career.

Hazing leaves 20 in band suspended

posted: 09/20/2009 5:08 a.m.

Jackson State University officials say about 20 members of the school's marching band are accused of being involved in hazing and have been suspended.

Jury sees knife in murder trial

posted: 09/20/2009 5:07 a.m.

A knife that prosecutors say could have been used to kill a British woman in Italy was shown in court Saturday at the murder trial of her American roommate and an Italian codefendant.

Debt collectors from Pakistan dun long-distance

posted: 09/20/2009 5:06 a.m.

It's 8 o'clock on a Sunday night in the Pakistani capital, but collection cowboy Sharoon Hermoon is living on U.S. time. Headset in place, feet on his desk, he aims his speed dialer at a debtor in Fort Worth.

Indonesia: DNA confirms slain terror leader

posted: 09/20/2009 5:05 a.m.

DNA tests have confirmed that Southeast Asia terrorist leader Noordin Top was killed days ago in a shootout with Indonesian security forces, police said Saturday.

Education plan's aim is to catch students young

posted: 09/20/2009 5:05 a.m.

Tucked away in an $87 billion bill for higher education that passed the House earlier this month was a broad new federal initiative aimed at the nursery rather than the college campus.

Lab scene key to defense in Yale killing

posted: 09/20/2009 5:04 a.m.

Defending a Yale lab technician charged with murder against forensic evidence might mean trying to convince jurors that the crime scene was contaminated because police didn't immediately shut down the lab where the victim was eventually found, legal experts said.

China road crash kills 16, hurts 14

posted: 09/20/2009 5:03 a.m.

At least 16 people died and 14 were injured Saturday in southeastern China after a truck hit a road maintenance vehicle from behind, sending it off a bridge, police and a news report said.

Radio radical's aim: Pakistani laughter Shock jock strikes irreverent chord

posted: 09/20/2009 5:01 a.m.

Fasi Zaka settles his 320-pound frame into a swivel chair in the small, stuffy FM studio, pulls his microphone close and lets it rip.

The tide turns against ACORN

posted: 09/20/2009 5 a.m.

With the mood on Capitol Hill rapidly turning against ACORN, all six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation voted last week to deny federal funding to the communityorganizing group that began nearly four decades ago as an advocate for the poor in Arkansas.

Plan seeks to merge agencies over banks

posted: 09/20/2009 4:57 a.m.

The senior Senate Democrat shepherding legislation to overhaul the nation's financial system is planning to propose the merger of four bank agencies into one super-regulator, an idea that is significantly different from what President Barack Obama envisions.

LIFELONG HEALTH Elderly abuse includes physical, mental, fiscal

posted: 09/20/2009 4:49 a.m.

Recently, I saw a 78-yearold woman who was brought to the clinic with Alzheimer's disease. She had bruises on both of her arms and would not speak in the presence of her husband. Her husband claimed that she never listened to him and that moving her from one place to another often required force.

Immigration law, cross-border love clash

posted: 09/20/2009 4:49 a.m.

PEACE ARCH INTERNATIONAL PARK, Blaine, Wash. - When the strain of separation becomes too much and they need to see and hold each another, David Williams and his wife, Janeane Ardiel, meet in a sort of no man's land just feet from a concrete boundary marker separating Canada from the United States.

Capone hide-out will be auctioned

posted: 09/20/2009 4:47 a.m.

The buyer of a scenic property in northern Wisconsin will get more than just its bar and restaurant : The new owner will have a former hide-out of Chicago mobster Al Capone.

Taliban's gains spur CIA buildup in Afghanistan

posted: 09/20/2009 4:47 a.m.

The growing strength of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan prompted the CIA to establish more bases there, the agency's director said.

Weddings

posted: 09/20/2009 4:47 a.m.

Davenport-Doss La'Shara K. Doss became the bride of Marvin L. Davenport on Sept. 14 at Waialae Beach Park in Honolulu.

Two dozen bikers crash, shut freeway

posted: 09/20/2009 4:46 a.m.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Oregon State Police say more than two dozen motorcycles, most of them belonging to the Brother Speed motorcycle club, crashed on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon, blocking freeway traffic for hours.

Terror suspect a no-show for more FBI questions

posted: 09/20/2009 4:46 a.m.

A man under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Colorado didn't report for a fourth day of FBI questioning Saturday so he could spend a day with his attorney, the attorney's spokesman said.

Engagements

posted: 09/20/2009 4:45 a.m.

Erin Elizabeth Colwell, daughter of Lisa Colwell of Springdale and Wade Colwell of Fayetteville, and John Price Bradford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bradford of Plumerville; Oct. 24.

Police say financier likely killed himself

posted: 09/20/2009 4:45 a.m.

Investigators believe Danny Pang, the international financier who died in Southern California last weekend while facing charges of fraud, committed suicide, a police spokesman said Friday.

Waning interest, funds imperil park in Smokies

posted: 09/20/2009 4:43 a.m.

Having just celebrated its 75th birthday, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park finds its future threatened by wavering public support for America's outdoors.

Study Afghan history, Taliban leader advises

posted: 09/20/2009 4:42 a.m.

The Taliban's reclusive leader said in a Muslim holiday message Saturday that the U.S. and NATO should study Afghanistan's long history of war, in a pointed reminder that foreign forces have had limited military success in the country.

In the news

posted: 09/20/2009 4:41 a.m.

P resident Barack Obama extended greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month-long fasting time known as Ramadan, and said that even at this festive occasion, Muslims remember the less fortunate, those suffering in poverty, hunger, conflict and disease.

Names and faces

posted: 09/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

Leonard Cohen is recovering after collapsing onstage while on tour in eastern Spain, his music company said Saturday.

TV news shows

posted: 09/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today's TV news shows

The nation in brief

posted: 09/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

FCC to unveil new Net traffic rules The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, according to reports published Saturday.

The world in brief

posted: 09/20/2009 4:40 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I want to ask people who hate me and those who love me to review the past three years and answer if you have seen anything changed for the better." Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to supporters on the third anniversary of a coup that ousted him Article, this page

Cease-fire a bit shaky in Yemen

posted: 09/20/2009 4:39 a.m.

Yemen offered a conditional ceasefire Saturday to the Shiite rebels it is battling in the north after international concern over a deadly airstrike against civilians refugees from the war zones.

DECADES OF GIVING: Northside Rotary Club spends 40 years helping youth, community

posted: 09/20/2009 4:39 a.m.

The Northside Rotary Club in Fayetteville began to show its generosity toward the community with one of its first big projects, which was helping a local battered women's shelter.

Canehill celebrates with Harvest Festival

posted: 09/20/2009 4:39 a.m.

Dorris Kiple and Mary Jean Marshall celebrated the history of Canehill on Saturday by dressing in traditional Civil War period attire.

Boon or bane? Bike rally creates mixed feelings among local businesses

posted: 09/20/2009 4:35 a.m.

Soon the roars of the engines and the beat of the drums will be blaring all up and down Dickson Street, as the 10th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival comes to town beginning Wednesday. For many, that's music to the ears as the bike rally will be a sure-fire way to boost local business.

ST. JAMES MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Church opens new home

posted: 09/20/2009 4:35 a.m.

After spending 144 years at its current location, St. James Missionary Baptist Church has found a new home.

WELCOME, KINGS

posted: 09/20/2009 4:34 a.m.

From the glass window along the back wall of her third-floor office in the Arkansas Arts Center, Executive Director Ellen "Nan" Plummer can see the new Egyptian-theme gift shop coming together, glimpse the new atrium, and soon, she hopes, take in the throngs of people coming in through the new ticketing tent just outside.

SPIN CYCLE Joe, Serena, Kayne: Sizing up meltdowns

posted: 09/20/2009 4:34 a.m.

Outbursts! Interruptions! Tantrums !

Two of LR Nine publish memoirs

posted: 09/20/2009 4:32 a.m.

Carlotta Walls LaNier was so famous when she was in high school that a letter from Denmark found its way to her, even though the writer merely attached a newspaper photo to the envelope and wrote, "This girl on the picture goes on high school in Little Rock. Please send the letter to the girl."

Mark Your Calendar

posted: 09/20/2009 4:32 a.m.

Area events for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.

THE TV COLUMN House tops must-see list of returning TV programs

posted: 09/20/2009 4:31 a.m.

The big news on TV today is the annual Emmy Awards at 7 p.m. on CBS.

Northwest Arkansas Times Arrest Reports

posted: 09/20/2009 4:30 a.m.

Aggravated assault, Aggravated assault, Drug possession

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Taiko Drummers set 2 shows

posted: 09/20/2009 4:30 a.m.

The San Jose Taiko Drummers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Perot Theatre, 219 Main St., Texarkana, and 7:30 p.m. Friday in Riceland Hall at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

Fayetteville Obituaries & Death Notices

posted: 09/20/2009 4:29 a.m.

Mary Jean Blacksher, Lloyd R. Munson, Jack Ray Parker, Joseph Lee "Joe" Folk

TELL ME ABOUT IT Boyfriend not your superior

posted: 09/20/2009 4:28 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend has given me an ultimatum. I have six months to get my finances in order and move out of my parents' house, or the relationship is over.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 09/20/2009 4:27 a.m.

Happy birthday. You have a charming, disarming way about you and will use it to intrigue your friends, delight your family and attract many affectionate fans.

TV ON DVD Lighthearted bent keeps Mentalist from getting old

posted: 09/20/2009 4:27 a.m.

What is it? The Mentalist, 23 episodes on six discs from Warner Home Video.

Construction along Township begins Monday

posted: 09/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

The city of Fayetteville will begin construction of a 36-inch water line Monday along Township Street between Gulley Park and Arkansas 265. The majority of the work will be on the north side of Township Street. Lane closures will be required because of the size of the water line being installed. Detour signs will be posted to reroute traffic as necessary.

LISTEN UP Blanchard's jazz ageless; McAnally earns spotlight

posted: 09/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

The Terence Blanchard Group Choice Concord AWhile any record that prominently features Cornel West in any capacity other than perhaps the writing of liner notes (love ya, Doc, but Sketches of My Culture was awkward) is suspect, Terence Blanchard manages to easily integrate the Princeton prof's musings on life choices and music as sublime language into what reads as a dialogue between eloquent voices who've reached each other speaking their own language.

Jordan to hold town hall meeting Sept. 28

posted: 09/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club.

LET'S TALK

posted: 09/20/2009 4:26 a.m.

Helaine Williams' column does not appear today.

Airbag may be next airline fee-taker

posted: 09/20/2009 4:25 a.m.

You may never need them at 35,000 feet, but you'll be glad they're around if you do. Defibrillators, medical kits and life vests are a few examples of the safety equipment the government requires airlines to put on passenger jets.

TIMES Letters to the editor

posted: 09/20/2009 4:25 a.m.

A thankful doctor says thanks I have been providing abortions in Fayetteville as a routine part of my Ob-Gyn practice since the fall of 1974.

WHAT GIVES Going coarse on discourse

posted: 09/20/2009 4:24 a.m.

Does rudeness rule?

American feels comfy in Croatia

posted: 09/20/2009 4:24 a.m.

What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation ? Here's someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.

Iran police seize several protesters

posted: 09/20/2009 4:23 a.m.

Iran's official news agency said police detained several protesters after Friday's demonstrations.

Take me to your LITER!

posted: 09/20/2009 4:23 a.m.

The last thing I expected as I slid my fingers through the handle of my first tankard of beer in Munich was 10,000 voices erupting in a ragged rendition of "Hang on Sloopy." There was no mistaking it, even when sung with a German accent.

Bashing Islam: A dangerous sign of the times

posted: 09/20/2009 4:23 a.m.

The school year started off with an unpleasant bang in Gainesville, Fla., when a fifth-grader showed up on the first day wearing a T-shirt with "Islam is of the Devil" inscribed on the back.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE Fresh barnacles, chorizo and St. James in Spain

posted: 09/20/2009 4:23 a.m.

I'm tucked away in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest corner of Spain. I have a three-part agenda: see pilgrims reach their goal in front of the cathedral, explore the market, and buy some barnacles in the seafood section - then have them cooked for me, on the spot, in a cafe.

THE BROADER VIEW Unsettling settlements

posted: 09/20/2009 4:22 a.m.

Are we going to see any progress toward a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse?

CONSUMER TRAVEL 'Opt-out' scams very common, difficult to undo

posted: 09/20/2009 4:22 a.m.

Ever buy travel insurance you didn't want? Unintended purchases are yet another of the traps the travel industry sets for you.

Times Editorial Brushing off

posted: 09/20/2009 4:22 a.m.

Tuesday's election returns were like getting kicked in the head with an iron boot - at least for the Fayetteville School District and young people throughout this town hoping to attend the premier high school of the region. The many people in the community who helped fashion the plan for that high school, we now know, had bigger ideas than the general public was willing to embrace.

CLASSICAL NOTES Pianist, cellist's 2-disc Beethoven album is a polished gem

posted: 09/20/2009 4:21 a.m.

Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Simone Dinnerstein should be at least moderately familiar to Arkansas audiences. He has soloed a couple of times with the Arkansas Symphony, and she played her chart-topping interpretation of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Hot Springs. Recital partners for a decade, they recorded the first three Beethoven cello-piano sonatas together for Denon in 2006.

Many of exhibit's objects were excavated near Giza

posted: 09/20/2009 4:21 a.m.

Of the 230 objects about to go on display as part of the Arkansas Arts Center's "World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed" exhibit, guest curator William Peck's favorite is a blue chalice cup in the shape of a lotus.

Health Brief: The Jones Center announces ninth annual Health Fair

posted: 09/20/2009 4:20 a.m.

The Jones Center for Families will host its ninth Annual Health Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Luxury-car makers ignore recession's bumps in road

posted: 09/20/2009 4:19 a.m.

Lamborghini SpA is shrugging off the economic recession by flaunting the most expensive high-performance vehicle it's ever produced.

Times Health Calendar

posted: 09/20/2009 4:19 a.m.

Health events the week of Sept. 20, 2009.

Huskies shock Trojans

posted: 09/20/2009 4:19 a.m.

Southern California was leveled by another post-Ohio State funk, taken down by upstart Washington with a late drive that must have looked familiar to the Trojans.

Crisis revives words of '29 crash's sleuth

posted: 09/20/2009 4:18 a.m.

President Barack Obama reminded Wall Street last week that he intends to impose "common sense" regulations. The last time Washington enacted a sweeping set of financial reforms, more than 75 years ago, the catalyst was a cigar-smoking, Sicilian-born immigrant named Ferdinand Pecora.

Hall of Honor banquet celebrates Hog heroes

posted: 09/20/2009 4:18 a.m.

The two most professionally decorated of the eight honorees couldn't attend last Friday night's University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor banquet at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, but the least decorated honoree said he brought the best to the table.

'Hounds end Naturals' season

posted: 09/20/2009 4:18 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals came awfully close, but they couldn't get the ball to Anthony Lerew.

Gas prices hold hearth-warming tale

posted: 09/20/2009 4:17 a.m.

Many Arkansans can expect lower heating bills this winter, thanks to enormous levels of natural gas stored across the country.

2 exhaust systems, new for 2010, have rig dealers baffled

posted: 09/20/2009 4:17 a.m.

Tougher emission standards for 2010-model heavy trucks have salesmen across Arkansas turning to manufacturing representatives for better explanations of dueling tailpipe technologies.

Regulating truck emissions

posted: 09/20/2009 4:16 a.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1997 set standards for emissions starting with the model year 2004 trucks and heavy-duty diesel truck engines and ending with the model year 2010 trucks and heavyduty engines. The EPA regulates emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. 2004 Models must meet lower nitrogen oxide levels.

Chase a birthday bash for Montoya

posted: 09/20/2009 4:16 a.m.

Juan Pablo Montoya has a bottle of French wine at home that was given to him as a gift from a friend in Malaysia, who told the driver to save it for a very special occasion.

ON A SERIOUS NOTE Bulldog mentality: A Q&A with Georgia mascot, Uga VII

posted: 09/20/2009 4:16 a.m.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a proud, storied history and much of that starts with Uga, the inveterate mascot of the school. In the last 50-plus years, few mascots have rivaled Uga's dignified yet cantankerous reputation for old-fashioned, hardnosed sportsmanship and teething on opposing players.

CAMPING WORLD TRUCKS: Just enough left in tank for Busch

posted: 09/20/2009 4:15 a.m.

Kyle Busch held off Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.

FRIDAY NIGHT HEROES Receiver spreads West Fork attack

posted: 09/20/2009 4:14 a.m.

Just what has happened to Prairie Grove? The Tigers are 0-3 under Danny Abshier to start the season and with high-scoring Huntsville coming to town, another playmaker may be set to have a breakout game.